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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Could the Canadiens top the division?

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.

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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]