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Friday Habs Headlines: Joni Ikonen departs

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In today’s links, the Canadiens will not offer a contract to Joni Ikonen before their four year exclusivity period expires, some are looking ahead to 2022 already, and Barry Trotz talks about coaching in the playoffs.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs will reportedly not offer a contract to Joni Ikonen prior to the expiration of the club’s exclusivity rights. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Controlled aggression will be the key if the Canadiens are to be competitive. [RDS]
  • Stu Cowan looks ahead to 2022, where the Habs will face a stiffer division and new challenges. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Both the St. Louis Blues and Washington Capitals intend to work to keep their championship windows open. [The Athletic]
  • Five potential trade destinations for Evgeny Kuznetsov. [The Hockey News]
  • Barry Trotz talks about his playoff coaching philosophy. [SN 590 (Audio)]
  • Taylor Hall’s playoff renaissance. [ESPN]
  • In the wake of Ethan Bear receiving racist abuse, Ted Nolan is calling for not words of support, but action. [TSN]
  • Rust isn’t a factor in the playoffs, says Colorado Avalanche backup Devan Dubnyk. [TSN]
  • Ahead of game seven, Peyton Krebs and Ryan Reaves join Brayden McNabb on the COVID unavailability list for the Vegas Golden Knights. [Sportsnet]
  • Ken Dryden says that the Tom Wilson and John Tavares incidents show how “the Code” does more harm than good. [Washington Post]