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Friday Habs Headlines: Debating Kotkaniemi’s next contract

In today’s links, should Jesperi Kotkaniemi be bridged, letting the Tuna out of the net, and evaluating how teams have progressed this off-season.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Should the Habs offer a bridge contract to Jesperi Kotkaniemi? [The Hockey Writers]
  • The Canadiens are one of three teams highlighted that might have a tougher time making the postseason this upcoming season. [The Hockey News]
  • The New Jersey Devils sign Tomas Tatar to a 2-year deal worth $4.5 million per year. [TSN]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • “[A]ccording to the legal documents to the court case, [Blackhawks sports psychologist] James Gary tells these players, “Well, this is your fault.”” Rick Westhead joins the Steve Dangle Podcast to discuss the Chicago Blackhawks. [YouTube | Transcript (c/o @dameofscones)]
  • With Mark Giordano gone, is the Calgary Flames defence good enough to reach the post-season? [TSN]
  • Which teams have improved by the most and the least this offseason so far? [The Athletic]
  • The AHL unveils its new format for the 2022 playoffs. [AHL]
  • Hockey Canada names its 25-player roster for the upcoming Women’s World Championships. [TSN]