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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Dominique Ducharme impressed with Christian Dvorak

In today’s links, Ducharme praises his new centre, Brendan Gallagher will be the font of leadership with Shea Weber out, and the NHL investigates Evander Kane for possible breach of COVID protocols.

NHL: SEP 27 Preseason - Maple Leafs at Canadiens Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Christian Dvorak is impressing Dominique Ducharme with his hockey smarts. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Shea Weber may not be taking the ice this season, but he’s very much a part of the lives of his teammates. [TSN]
  • Weber’s absence means that Brendan Gallagher will be called upon to provide both leadership and an example. [RDS]
  • Although the preseason is young, Kaiden Guhle is already standing out. [Sportsnet]
  • Jonathan Drouin is hoping to stay on a line with Dvorak and Josh Anderson. [TSN]
  • It’s early yet, but Drouin is thriving in his return to hockey. [The Hockey News]
  • Is depth the Canadiens greatest offensive weapon? [RDS]
  • Is the fight for the last blueline roster spot between Chris Wideman and Sami Niku? [The Hockey Writers]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Jalen Smereck, target of a racist gesture during a Ukrainian Hockey League game on Sunday, will not play another game [in the league] until Andrey Denyskin is removed. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL is investigating Evander Kane for a possible violation of league COVID protocols. [Sportsnet]
  • The New York Islanders have reportedly loaned unvaccinated defenceman Bode Wilde to Västerviks IK of the HockeyAllsvenskan. [Sportsnet]
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning and general manager Julien BriseBois have agreed to a contract extension. [TSN]
  • Al Montoya is embracing a new role growing hockey in Hispanic communities. [USA Hockey]
  • Despite being the host nation, China’s berth in the men’s hockey tournament is in jeopardy. [France 24]