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Friday Habs Headlines: Wideman understands Romanov’s challenges

In today’s links, Chris Wideman draws on his KHL experience to bond with Alexander Romanov, Jack Eichel finally leaves Buffalo, and finding the best puck moving blueliners so far this season.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Thanks to his KHL experiences, Chris Wideman has some idea of the cultural challenges facing Alexander Romanov. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Brendan Gallagher is not only the heart-and-soul of the Canadiens, he is also the voice—the unofficial spokesman—of the team. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Character and self-evaluation are key tools for Nick Suzuki. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Are Canadiens fans ready for a full-blown rebuild? [Hockey Inside/Out (Video)]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHLPA board has voted in favour of an independent review of Kyle Beach’s situation was handled by the union. [TSN]
  • USA Hockey is planning to contact families whose children attended a week-long U-14 hockey camp staffed by Brad Aldrich. [TSN]
  • The Jack Eichel saga is over, as the star forward heads for Las Vegas. [Sportsnet]
  • Who won the trade? [Sportsnet (Video) | The Athletic]
  • Eichel discussed his trade request and his desire for disc replacement surgery. [Sportsnet]
  • The Eichel trade ends an “era of drunken optimism, crushing disappointment, and bitter conflict” for the Buffalo Sabres. [The Athletic]
  • The Calgary Flames were also rumoured to have made a serious push for the former Sabres captain. [TSN]
  • It’s time for the Chicago Blackhawks to free Dylan Strome. [The Athletic]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs might move Travis Dermott or Justin Holl. [The Athletic]
  • Who are the best puck moving defencemen in the NHL right now? [Sportsnet]
  • Predicting potential forward line combinations for Team Canada at the 2022 Olympics. [CBC]
  • Marian Gaborik has officially announced his retirement from the NHL. [The Hockey News]