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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Earning Respect

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Respect for the Habs as a legitimate leader in the North Division is growing, Toffoli turning heads, Joël Boucher’s hand in developing Jake Evans, COVID, Gretzky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, and more in today’s links

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Looking back at the moves that built the Canadiens into a power in the North Division. [Yahoo Sports | NBC Sports]
  • The Habs are on a roll due, in part, to the stellar play of Tyler Toffoli. [TSN]
  • Speaking of Toffoli, he earned NHL First Star of the Week (and a well deserved nap)! [Canadiens | Twitter]
  • Jake Evans is rounding into the first development success the Habs have had in years, and it’s all down to Joël Bouchard. [The Athletic]
  • Corey Pronman evaluates some of his past draft opinions, and the list is headed up by Alexander Romanov. [The Athletic]
  • Is Phillip Danault maybe asking for too much on his next deal? [Montreal Gazette]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Wayne Gretzky’s 60th birthday is today, so the writers of NHL.com have recounted their favorite memories of the Great One. [NHL]
  • Alex DeBrincat and Adam Boqvist are on the league’s COVID-19 protocol list. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Mitch Marner is a man on a mission. [TSN]
  • The manner of the Vancouver Canucks’ slow start is concerning. [Sportsnet]
  • Jarmo Kekalainen says that contract negotiations weren’t what caused Pierre-Luc Dubois to want out of Columbus. [TSN]
  • Dubois’ father is unhappy with how Tortorella handled Dubois’ trade request. [TVA]
  • Coyotes’ former GM John Chayka has been suspended by the NHL for a year. [TSN | Sportsnet]
  • The Kings chose to partner with CalHOPE as their sponsor for their helmets in a statement about what matters to their organization. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL postpones more Hurricanes games due to COVID concerns. [TSN]
  • Toronto Six forward Lindsay Eastwood talks about the NWHL bubble, and about scoring the first goal in Toronto Six franchise history. [Sportsnet]
  • Everything is coming together for Jesse Puljujarvi. [Sportsnet]