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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Could the Canadiens top the division?

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In today’s links, Aaron Ward likes the Habs’ chances in the North, the team meets Corey Perry as an ally for the first time, and the NHL heads into uncharted waters again.

NHL: JAN 05 Canadiens Training Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Aaron Ward thinks that the Habs will finish first in the North Division. [TSN 690]
  • Brendan Gallagher says keeping the big line together will give the rest of the team time to gel. [Montreal Gazette]
  • To that end, the top trio give Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi a level of comfort should either slip. [The Athletic]
  • Don’t pencil Corey Perry into the taxi squad quite yet. [Sportsnet]
  • Perry was an immediate presence at his first Habs practice. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Suzuki is surprised by Josh Anderson’s wheels. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Suzuki also thinks that the bubble served as a kind of second season for him, hopefully meaning that he can avoid a sophomore slump. [RDS]
  • The Habs hope that veteran additions will help the younger members of the team grow. [TSN (Video)]
  • Alexandre Alain’s decision to pursue school over pro hockey was a prudent one. [La Presse]
  • Marc Dumont speaks to Kaiden Guhle in the latest episode of History in the Making.
  • With the World Juniors finished, Guhle might be headed for Laval instead of Prince Albert. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The 2020-21 season is a step into the unknown for the NHL in many ways. [31 Thoughts]
  • They may be unpalatable, but the NHL’s foray into sponsored division names is important for the league economically. [The Athletic]
  • Joe Thornton, Zdeno Chara, Patrik Laine: 22 of the most intriguing names and storylines to watch this NHL season. [The Athletic]
  • Max Domi says that he has “never” been part of a locker room like that of the Columbus Blue Jackets. [Montreal Gazette]
  • John Muckler, who passed away Monday night at age 86, is remembered as a master strategist. [TSN]
  • Former Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill has joined the Seattle Kraken front office. [Sportsnet]
  • Dominique Cormier plays on despite the cancellation of the World Women’s Under-18 Championship. [Victory Press]