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Friday Habs Headlines: Danault’s departure pushes Suzuki (and Kotkaniemi) centre stage

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In today’s links, processing the implications of Phillip Danault’s departure, Mike Hoffman talks about his new team, and free agency continues.

2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Phillip Danault’s departure means that there will be a lot of pressure on Nick Suzuki and Jesperi Kotkaniemi next season. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Brendan Gallagher is eager to see how the changed team responds on the ice. [The Athletic]
  • “There’s nothing like playing hockey in Canada, let alone Montreal.” Mike Hoffman is excited to join his new team. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Hoffman’s shooting prowess is reminiscent of Shea Weber’s. [RDS]
  • Corey Perry will join the Tampa Bay Lightning on a 2-year contract worth $1 million per year. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jon Merrill will join the Minnesota Wild on a 1 year deal. [RDS]
  • Quebec-based sponsors of the franchise are satisfied with owner Geoff Molson’s apology for drafting Logan Mailloux. [Sportsnet]
  • Mailloux’s selection is merely a sign of a larger problem plaguing the NHL and hockey in general. [EP Rinkside]
  • The Montreal Canadiens used four of their nine picks at the 2021 Draft on players hailing from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Former Chicago Blackhawks player Nick Boynton shared his memories of the abuse allegations that first surfaced during the team’s 2010 playoff run with lawyers hired by the team. [TSN]
  • GM Kevyn Adams says that the Buffalo Sabres do not feel pressure to deal Jack Eichel. [TSN]
  • The top takeaways from a $500 million first day of free agency. [ESPN]
  • Ranking how each Canadian team did after day one. [Sportsnet]
  • Two sentences on every free-agent signing of significance. [Sportsnet]
  • The best and worst deals, from a value-added point of view. [The Athletic]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes chose to sign Tony DeAngelo, and it’s a choice that could change the perception of the team. [The Athletic]
  • Drake and LeBron James are partnering to make a movie about the experiences of Black hockey players. [blogTO]
  • The latest on the St. Louis Blues and Vladimir Tarasenko. [The Athletic]