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Friday Habs Headlines: Not good enough?

In today’s links, looking at the Canadiens’ roster strength, wondering why Montreal is a difficult place to play for the Habs, and the AHL cancels its standard postseason.

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Toronto Maple Leafs v Montreal Canadiens Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs are still not good enough despite Marc Bergevin’s brilliant offseason, argues Jack Weber. [Offside]
  • Newly-minted winger Jesperi Kotkaniemi is looking to shoot more. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens’ offensive travails are starting to wear on the likes of Kotkaniemi and newly acquired Eric Staal. [La Presse]
  • José Théodore and Jocelyn Thibault sympathize with Jonathan Drouin. [Radio-Canada]
  • Dominique Ducharme says Carey Price’s latest concussion tests are promising. [TSN]
  • Why is Montreal such a difficult place to play for the Canadiens? [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The definition of “defensive forward” is shifting. [The Athletic]
  • The AHL has announced that there will be no traditional playoffs for this season, and that the 2021-22 season will start October 15. [TSN]
  • The Dallas Stars are contemplating allowing 100% stadium capacity for playoff games. [TSN]
  • A few years in Finland seem to have done Jesse Puljujärvi a world of good. [TSN]
  • A look at the kind of numbers that NHL coaches are getting on their tablets. [Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • Ryan Miller will retire at the conclusion of this season. [Sportsnet]
  • Kladno Knights, captained by Tomáš Plekanec and owned by part-time player Jaromir Jagr, are back in the Czech Extraliga after defeating HC Dukla Jihlava to win the second division Chance Liga. [ESPN]