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Wednesday Habs Headlines: The importance of Jeff Petry

In today’s links, Jeff Petry’s impact on the team, the question of having more fans at the Bell Centre, and offseason rumours and rumblings.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Game 1 exposed how important Jeff Petry is to the Habs. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens lost the forward depth battle in game 1. They can scarcely afford to do it again in the future. [The Athletic]
  • The Habs are looking for answers before Game 2. [La Presse]
  • Despite the result, Montreal’s young guns are making their presence known. [The Hockey News]
  • The Habs were happy to have played in front of a full house again. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Bell Centre capacity has been expanded to 3,500 for games 3 and 4. [Sportsnet]
  • Public health experts would prefer to wait until more of Quebec’s population has received two vaccine doses before opening up the Bell Centre. [Sportsnet]
  • Not everyone in attendance in Las Vegas was wearing Knights’ colours. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Corey Pronman’s top 151 for the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. [The Athletic]
  • The Boston Bruins are facing uncertainty at the goaltending and forward positions. []
  • Former Calgary Flames head coach Geoff Ward has joined the Anaheim Ducks coaching staff. [TSN]
  • Could the Colorado Avalanche shop Samuel Girard? [The Hockey News]
  • Dougie Hamilton enters the free agent market at a time when all four semifinalists are showcasing the importance of blueline depth. [31 Thoughts]
  • Karl Alzner is looking to continue his hockey journey “anywhere.” [Russian Machine Never Breaks (via 31 Thoughts)]
  • Oskar Lindblom is the winner of the 2021 Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. [Sportsnet]
  • With stagnant registration numbers over the last five years, the Ontario Minor Hockey Association is launching a promotional registration campaign for the first time. [CBC]