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Thursday Habs Headlines: Sami Niku hopes Montreal is the fresh start he’s looking for

In today’s links, Niku looking to resurrect his career, Price may not be ready for the start of the season, Bergevin still hasn’t agreed to terms for new contract, and the hockey world is not happy with the Denyskin ruling.

Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets Photo by Darcy Finley/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Sami Niku is hoping his fresh start with the Canadiens will help resurrect his career. [National Post]
  • Mattias Norlinder won’t be suiting up for back-to-back games this weekend due to an injury but Niku slid alongside Ben Chiarot during Wednesday’s practice. [RDS]
  • Way back in July, Geoff Molson made an offer to extend Marc Bergevin’s contract but the two sides have not yet come to an agreement. [TSN]
  • Dominique Ducharme remains cautious about whether Carey Price will be ready to start the season on October 13. [Journal de Montreal]
  • He knows he’ll most likely be starting the season in Laval, but Micheal Pezzetta is pretty proud of his performance in Monday’s preseason game. [Journal de Montreal]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After an extremely soft suspension for UHL player Anderi Denyskin for his gesture to Jalen Smereck, it’s time for the IIHF to step up. [Sportsnet]
  • Smereck’s team, HC Donbass, is demanding “a reconsideration of the decision” made regarding the handling Denyskin’s suspension. [Sportsnet]
  • The CHL is back and hoping for a normal season. [CBC]
  • Chicago Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews played his first game in over a year in a preseason game against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday. [NHL]
  • After last season’s disappointment, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell is out to prove doubters wrong this season. [NHL]