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Friday Habs Headlines: Tyler Toffoli’s breakthrough was a long time in the making

In today’s links, Tyler Toffoli’s success shouldn’t come as a surprise, why the Canadiens are on the rise and the Senators are not, and the NHL responds to a spike in Covid-19 cases around the league.

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NHL: FEB 02 Canucks at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There were always signs that Tyler Toffoli was about to have a breakout goal-scoring year. [EP Rinkside]
  • Claude Julien talks about rising COVID-19 cases around the league. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Grading every Canadiens player 10 games into the season. [The Athletic]
  • Once upon a time, the Habs and Ottawa Senators were stuck in the basement together. What’s happened since? [The Athletic]
  • The Canadiens are at the top of another set of power rankings. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • In the wake of a rash of positive Covid-19 cases league-wide, the NHL has instituted four in-arena protocol changes. [Sportsnet]
  • Not all of the changes are well-received by the players. [Winnipeg Free Press]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins will reportedly interview Ron Hextall for their general manager position. [TSN]
  • The NHL is working to schedule games for prime time in Europe this season. [The Athletic]
  • Multiple positive Covid-19 cases precipitated the exit of the Connecticut Whale from the NWHL’s tournament. [The Ice Garden]
  • Chris Tanev and Noah Hanifin might be positioned to be the Calgary Flames’ next dominant defence pairing. [TSN]