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Friday Habs Headlines: Prepping for a full house

In today’s links, the Canadiens get the green light from the province to host a full capacity crowd at the Bell Centre, the Andrei Denyskin racism case continues, and the Habs and the NHL honour the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens will be allowed to host masked and fully vaccinated full capacity crowds at the Bell Centre, per the Quebec government. [Global News | Montreal Canadiens]
  • Questions on defence and at centre, where have we heard this before? [TSN]
  • The blue line, in particular, remains an abstract concept thus far through training camp. [The Athletic]
  • Marc Bergevin has quite a strong case for a lucrative contract extension. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens practised with orange-taped sticks on the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The team also issued a statement concerning the importance of the NDTR. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The infirmary is starting to fill up for the Canadiens. [La Presse]
  • Can Ryan Poehling pass his audition? [La Presse]
  • Poehling isn’t the only player auditioning for a place on the team this upcoming weekend. [RDS]
  • Jeff Petry advocates for patience with Alexander Romanov. [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jalen Smereck’s team HC Donbass demands ‘a reconsideration’ of Andrei Denyskin’s supsension for a racist act. [Sportsnet]
  • The general manager of the Ukrainian Hockey League, Eugene Kolychev, claims to have been fired for opposing the Ukrainian Ice Hockey Federation’s leniency towards Denyskin. [TSN]
  • Wayne Simmonds is not pleased that Denyskin escaped with a relatively light punishment. [Sportsnet]
  • Edmonton Oilers forward Josh Archibald, the only unvaccinated player on the Oilers roster, “isn’t feeling right” according to head coach Dave Tippett. [TSN]
  • Understanding true impact of racism in hockey is only way we’ll find progress, writes Sonny Sachdeva. [Sportsnet]
  • Mi’kmaq hockey legacy helping re-claim pride, inspire reconciliation. [Global News]
  • ‘Wake up and Rise:’ How former hockey pro Devin Buffalo is challenging Cree youth to dream big. [CityNews]
  • Brad Aldrich’s day with the Stanley Cup, given to him by the Chicago Blackhawks, was tantamount to a letter of reference that helped him get other jobs in hockey, says a lawyer for a former high school hockey player who is suing the club. [TSN]
  • The top 100 players to watch in Major Junior. [The Hockey News]
  • Watching the Tampa Bay Lightning win the Stanley Cup helped the Florida Panthers believe that they could do the same. [The Hockey News]
  • Nikolaj Ehlers worked on his explosiveness in the offseason. [Globe and Mail]
  • Finding hope for the NHL’s 10 most hopeless teams. [Down Goes Brown (The Athletic)]
  • The 2021 NHL broadcast rankings: The best and worst markets to watch the games. [The Athletic]
  • From Alexis Lafrenière to Filip Zadina, predicting one breakout star for all 32 NHL teams. [The Athletic]
  • Newly elected IIHF president Luc Tardif is aiming for elite three-on-three hockey to be part of the 2030 Winter Olympics. [SportsPro Media]
  • Kirsten Welsh became the first female official in Ontario Hockey League history on Thursday night, as she worked a preseason game between the Mississauga Steelheads and Guelph Storm. [Scouting the Refs]