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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens have waited a long time for a Josh Anderson

In today’s links, how Josh Anderson fills a long-time void in the Habs lineup, Montreal’s not the only team linked with Pierre-Luc Dubois, and should more be done to protect forwards in front of the net?

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Montreal Canadiens v Toronto Maple Leafs Photo by Mark Blinch/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Josh Anderson is exactly the “powerhorse” that the Habs have needed for ages. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Anderson’s debut showed why Jarmo Kekalainen wanted to protect him from the Vegas Golden Knights during the expansion draft. [La Presse]
  • There were a lot of encouraging signs from the Habs in their season opener. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Hockey is back, and the Canadiens bring a welcome respite from the pandemic. [La Presse]
  • Rafael Harvey-Pinard is looking to prove the skeptics wrong, just like fellow seventh-round draft picks Jake Evans and Cayden Primeau. [L’histoire s’écrit (Podcast - French)]
  • Mattias Norlinder has returned to action:
  • Montreal has been linked with Pierre-Luc Dubois, but they’re not the only ones. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Pavel Francouz’s mask honours both club history and a linked heritage by featuring the Stastny brothers. [Radio-Canada]
  • Teams are apparently inquiring about Florida Panthers’ centre Aleksander Barkov. [TSN]
  • No coach will be fired in the 2020-21 season—and nine other bold predictions. [The Athletic]
  • Cross-checks on crease-crashing forwards are the topic du jour in Toronto, courtesy of Ben Chiarot and Shea Weber. [TSN]
  • Alexander Romanov, Nils Höglander, Tim Stützle, Alexis Lafrenière, Kirill Kaprizov, and a host of rookies on taxi squads around the league: this year’s Calder Trophy race could be one for the ages. [The Hockey News]
  • A reminder that 2021 is still 2021.