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Friday Habs Headlines: The puck drops again in Montreal

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In today’s links, impressions from the Canadiens’ first scrimmage, Marc Bergevin’s vision is starting to come to fruition, and the PLD saga isn’t resolved quite yet.

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

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Highlights from the Habs’ first scrimmage of the season on Thursday. [La Presse]
  • Josh Anderson caught the eye of Eric Engels. [Sportsnet]
  • While Pat Hickey highlighted Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Alexander Romanov. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Arpon Basu noted that Jake Allen is as proficient as Carey Price when it comes to playing the puck. [The Athletic]
  • Francois Gagnon looks at the line combos and defence pairings that took the ice. [RDS]
  • Allen himself praised Kotkaniemi’s shot, calling it “next level”. [La Presse]
  • Claude Julien was very pleased with the tempo and tenor of the game. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • After a reset in 2018, this renewed Canadiens team is starting to take shape the way Marc Bergevin envisioned. [The Athletic]
  • The restocked Habs are ready to make some noise. [Hockey Inside/Out (Video)]
  • In Tyler Toffoli, the Canadiens acquired a play driver who makes his teammates better. [Montreal Gazette]
  • If Romanov isn’t ready, maybe Guy Lapointe might be an option?

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Pierre-Luc Dubois situation in Columbus is far from resolved, even though the centre has been inked to a new contract. [TSN]
  • Will average (at best) 5-on-5 defence hold the Edmonton Oilers back in the North Division? [TSN]
  • The New Jersey Devils have resigned Sami Vatanen. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Patrice Bergeron is the new captain of the Boston Bruins.
  • The province of Ontario will allow the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators to play in their home arenas, and the province of Quebec will do likewise for the Montreal Canadiens. [TSN]
  • The gap is growing between the top five and the other hockey nations of the world. [Euro Hockey Clubs]
  • Josh Anderson has been placed on unconditional waivers. [Pro Hockey Rumors]