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Friday Habs Headlines: Avoiding a Stanley Cup Final hangover

In today’s links, training camp opens with opportunities for young and old, vaccination is the topic du jour league-wide, and the Jack Eichel saga takes another turn.

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2021 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Josh Anderson is looking to avoid a Stanley Cup hangover after last season’s defeat in the Finals. [CBC]
  • Nick Suzuki is poised to join the Canadiens leadership group as a rotating assistant captain. [Montreal Gazette]
  • There is an opportunity here for Ryan Poehling that he hasn’t had since his NHL debut. [La Presse]
  • But even if he doesn’t make the team on opening night, there will be opportunities for him and the rest of the Laval Rocket throughout the season. [La Presse]
  • Recapping rookie camp as the spotlight moves to the main training camp. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Remembering Glen Richardson, father of Luke, who passed away on Tuesday at the age of 82. [Ottawa Sun]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL is expecting that all of its arenas will be allowed to host their full capacities next season except for two—Vancouver and Montreal. [Sportsnet]
  • Evgeni Malkin is expected to miss at least two months of the regular season following offseason knee surgery. []
  • Ranking each Eastern Conference team’s offseason on the Bizarro-meter. [The Athletic]
  • Eric Staal is committed to another NHL season, preferably in the United States. [TSN]
  • Jack Eichel has failed his physical, has been stripped of his captaincy of the Buffalo Sabres, and has been placed on the IR list. [Sportsnet]
  • Some would argue that the Sabres are being far too heavy-handed with how they are handling Eichel’s medical situation. [The Athletic]
  • Josh Archibald’s “selfish anti-vaccine stance” is not worth the risk for the Edmonton Oilers. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor Hellebuyck discussed his experience with COVID-19 over the summer and how that affected his path to vaccination. [CBC]
  • Players around the league weigh in on vaccination status and the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols. [TSN]