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Friday Habs Headlines: Time for Captain Gallagher?

In today’s links, looking for a replacement for the quasi-retired Shea Weber, continued reaction to Kyle Beach’s revelations, and the progression of the “Yzerplan” in Detroit.

NHL: OCT 26 Canadiens at Kraken Photo by Jeff Halstead/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • It’s time to give Brendan Gallagher the captaincy, says Stu Cowan. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Mathieu Perreault is being miscast as the third line centre. [CTV Montreal]
  • What does Sami Niku offer the Canadiens blue line? [Hockey Inside/Out (Video)]
  • Geoff Molson needs to clear the air concerning whether Marc Bergevin’s tenure as Canadiens GM will continue or not. [La Presse]
  • 25 years of emotions: David Savard’s path to the NHL. [RDS]

The hockey world reacts to Kyle Beach’s revelations

  • “But the NHLPA is there to protect the players and, in this situation, it obviously failed him.” — Brendan Gallagher. [Eric Engels]
  • “This shines a light on the shortcomings we have in the hockey community and what we MUST improve upon.” — Andrew Ladd [Craig Morgan]
  • “The lack of leadership by McDonough, Bowman, and Quenneville is reprehensible. They should never work in the NHL again.” — Craig Button [Leafs Lunch TSN 1050]
  • “I just don’t get why one guy couldn’t just stand up and say “you know what, no, this is wrong.” — John Tortorella [ESPN The Point via Adam Herman]
  • “Every culture needs to keep getting better, and hockey’s no different.” — Taylor Hall. [Conor Ryan]
  • “The fact that [contacting the NHLPA] did not [result in further action] is a grave failure. I am truly sorry, and I am committed to making changes to ensure it does not happen again.” — Donald Fehr [Chris Johnston]
  • Duncan Keith declined to be interviewed by the law firm conducting the investigation, citing that a lack of prior knowledge (a claim that is disputed by others) meant that he had nothing to contribute. [Ryan Rishaug]
  • Shawn Lalonde, a Black Ace on that 2010 team now with Assat Pori, agrees with Beach’s assertion that everyone in the locker room knew about the incident. [Ilta-Sanomat (Finnish)]
  • “To honor Kyle Beach’s bravery, the NHL has to do better, we all have to do better.” — Pierre LeBrun [The Athletic]
  • “Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane missed the boat by showing support for Stan Bowman.” — Scott Powers [The Athletic]
  • Any of Toews, Kane, or Keith had the sway to demand an answer from the Blackhawks front office. To flesh out whatever rumours were swirling. To show that this teammate mattered even a little bit to them. None of them made that effort. — Mark Spector [Sportsnet]
  • “If the Chicago Blackhawks and the NHL dig themselves any deeper, they’ll reach the Earth’s core. It’s that bad.” — Matt Larkin [The Hockey News]
  • “How could a billion-dollar organization such as the Chicago Blackhawks, which prides itself on selling wholesome family entertainment, show so much ignorance and arrogance in dealing with sexual abuse allegations?” — Ken Warren [National Post]
  • “It’s going to be hard not to bring up the kindness [of] Joel Quenneville and Stan Bowman [...] But these people are not good mentors. They aren’t Very Nice. [...] If they were, we wouldn’t be here right now. — Cat Silverman [Mile High Hockey]
  • TSN made a conscious decision to make the focus Beach’s story as much as possible when they produced and presented his interview with Rick Westhead. [The Athletic]
  • Beach himself made a second statement on Thursday evening.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Joel Quenneville has resigned as the head coach of the Florida Panthers and must apply for reinstatement from the NHL if he wishes to return in any capacity to the league. [TSN]
  • From Tampa to Seattle and back—Alex Barre-Boulet’s journey, courtesy of the waiver wire. [The Athletic]
  • Should the Vancouver Canucks raise a Stanley Cup banner like Seattle just did? [Daily Hive]
  • The Detroit Red Wings’ slow, painful “Yzerplan” is finally starting to pay off. [ESPN]
  • Hockey Canada is enforcing a new on-ice “maltreatment” rule aimed at stopping discrimination. [Saanich News]
  • The prospect of removing China from the Olympic men’s hockey tournament is becoming more realistic. [New York Times]