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Friday Habs Headlines: Mattias Norlinder in the spotlight

In today’s link, Mattias Norlinder is the star attraction as the Canadiens open rookie camp, the NHL announces that its players are almost all fully vaccinated, and the Heritage Classic is coming to Hamilton.

NHL: SEP 16 Canadiens Rookie Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The spotlight is squarely on Mattias Norlinder at this year’s rookie camp. [Montreal Gazette | La Presse]
  • For his part, Norlinder declares that he is here to take a roster spot. [Sportsnet]
  • Norlinder reminds Patrik Bexell of another young Swedish rearguard, Rasmus Dahlin. [TSN 690 (Video)]
  • Are there openings though on the roster for Norlinder or any of his fellow rookies? [The Hockey Writers]
  • He may only be 22, but Rafaël Harvey-Pinard commands a veteran’s presence among his peers at camp. [La Presse]
  • Carey Price surprised fans by also taking to the ice at rookie camp, skating for the first time since off-season surgery. [CTV News Montreal]
  • The pressure of being “Quebecois” and playing for the Montreal Canadiens. [A Winning Habit]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • “I think we’re safe in saying that it’s going to be less than 15 [players].” Bill Daly reports that the league’s players are almost all on pace to be fully vaccinated by season’s start. [NHL.com]
  • How did the NHL achieve such a high vaccination rate? [The Athletic]
  • Could Erik Gustafsson be a fall-back plan for the New York Islanders with Nick Leddy’s departure? [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres will face off in Hamilton for the 2022 Heritage Classic. [Sportsnet]
  • Evander Kane admits to a gambling problem, but says he never bet on hockey. [TSN]
  • P.K. Subban is serving as an executive producer for a new eight-part docuseries: “Black Life: A Canadian History.” [TSN]