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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens “really do have something” early on

In today’s links, the Habs are standing up to the likes of Matthews and McDavid, Tyler Toffoli brings back memories of Michael Ryder, and fallout from Washington’s Covid problems.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs are showing that they’re well equipped for the North Division gauntlet. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Tyler Toffoli brings back a lot of good memories of Michael Ryder. [Montreal Gazette]
  • If you missed the news last night, Joel Armia has been diagnosed with a concussion. [EOTP]
  • Brendan Gallagher scored his first-ever goal in Vancouver on Wednesday night, but the BC native’s usual support section couldn’t be in the arena for this one. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Meet the Canadiens’ newest amateur scout: Ben Shutron. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Habs’ young centres are managing to both learn and contribute at the same time. [The Athletic]
  • Four clicking lines, each taking their turn. [La Presse]
  • While most eyes have been on Nick Suzuki, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is showing that he fully intends to keep pace in his own way. [La Presse]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • What Covid-19 protocols the Washington Capitals broke, and why the NHL had to step in. [Sportsnet]
  • What would happen if a team has too many games cancelled because of Covid-19? [TSN]
  • Seven NHL coaching staffs, including the Canadiens’but not the Canadiens’, are currently working for reduced pay. [TSN]
  • Is it time to take a lesson from the NFL when it comes to divisional re-alignments? [The Athletic]
  • Remember the Kansas City Scouts? Relive the story of the NHL’s ‘screwball’ franchise. [The Athletic]