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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Growing discontent among key Quebec sponsors

In today’s links, the fallout from the Mailloux selection continues for the Canadiens, Marc Bergevin turns toward free agency, and the first wave of signings are made around the league.

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2021 NHL Draft - Round One Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Following St-Hubert’s lead, Groupe Jean-Coutu, Desjardins Group, and La Cage Brasserie Sportive express their discomfort with the Canadiens’ first-round draft choice. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau weighed in as well on the situation. [CBC]
  • “How could one of the city’s classiest organizations get this so dramatically wrong?” wonders Bill Brownstein. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The furor surrounding the Canadiens pick is the fault of the Canadiens front office, says Jose Theodore. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Marc Bergevin is set to “fill his free agent shopping cart.” [Montreal Gazette]
  • Arpon Basu and Marc-Antoine Godin have a shopping list for the Canadiens general manager. [The Athletic]
  • Four potential targets that the Canadiens could chase in their quest to make up for Shea Weber’s absence. [RDS]
  • With Phillip Danault’s potentially imminent departure, who could the Habs target up front? [RDS]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Marc-Andre Fleury reportedly does not want to play for the Chicago Blackhawks. Could a return to Pittsburgh be in the cards? [The Athletic]
  • The Colorado Avalanche are offering a 7-year $49 million dollar deal for captain Gabriel Landeskog. [Sportsnet]
  • Alexander Ovechkin has signed a 5-year $47.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals. [ESPN]
  • Patrik Laine has accepted his qualifying offer, and will play next year for the Columbus Blue Jackets for $7.5 million. [Sportsnet]
  • Henrik Lundqvist is awaiting medical clearance for an NHL comeback attempt. [TSN]
  • Zdeno Chara is not rushing anything as he enters free agency. [TSN]
  • Ranking every team’s salary cap flexibility. [The Athletic]
  • 15 takes on the top 50 unrestricted free agents. [Sportsnet]
  • Five UFA signings from last year that aged well. [The Hockey News]