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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Betting on Slick Nick

In today’s links, the Canadiens are betting on Nick Suzuki’s potential, the team prepares to start the season sans Carey Price and Shea Weber, and season predictions for every team in the NHL.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are betting on Nick Suzuki’s potential, and this is one bet that is likely to pay off. [Sportsnet]
  • Much of the Canadiens’ success — or failure — will rest on how they handle the first quarter of the season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Mathias Brunet is not optimistic about a roster that he says subtracted more than added during the offseason. [La Presse]
  • Passing the torch: Suzuki and Jeff Petry have inherited the mantle from Phillip Danault and Shea Weber. [The Athletic]
  • Jake Allen is looking forward to his opportunity to step up with Carey Price out of the lineup to start the season. [CBC Sports]
  • José Théodore says that the pressure of playing in Montreal is not the cause of Price and Jonathan Drouin’s issues this past year. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Price’s new goaltending coach, Éric Raymond, has endured many of the same pressures as the netminder. [RDS]
  • ‘It’s OK to not be OK’: Maritime hockey fans express praise and concern for Carey Price. [CTV Maritimes]
  • Can waiver-pickup Adam Brooks echo Paul Byron’s success? [A Winning Habit]
  • Cole Caufield is one of a select group of “must-watch” rookies this season. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Despite last season’s playoff run, the Habs enter this campaign with more questions than answers. [RDS]
  • “How I went from hockey hater to Canadiens convert.” [The Globe and Mail]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Seattle Kraken are entering the league at a perfect time. [32 Thoughts]
  • What is it like to play for a franchise’s inaugural season? [Sportsnet]
  • As this season starts, what is the state of the league’s officiating? [The Athletic]
  • A tier list for the NHL’s top 100 players. [The Athletic]
  • Ranking the NHL’s top 32 starting goaltenders. [The Athletic]
  • Oddly specific predictions for every NHL team. [Down Goes Brown]
  • Speaking of Danault, the former Canadien announced that he is expecting another addition to his family. [MTL Blog]
  • Reports indicate that there are only four unvaccinated players as the season begins. [TSN (Video)]
  • Is it all or nothing now for the Toronto Maple Leafs? [La Presse]
  • The International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) will assess the need for harsher sanctions in response to Andriy Deniskin’s racist act. [Reuters]
  • The American Hockey League announced that its AHLTV streaming platform will kick off the 2021-22 season with a free weekend of AHL games. [AHL]