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

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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.

Montreal Canadiens v Edmonton Oilers Photo by Codie McLachlan/Getty Images

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]