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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Grading the Canadiens’ centre corps

In today’s links, looking at where the Habs stand down the middle now with Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s departure, remembering Lokomotiv Yaroslavl—10 years later, and how Canadian hockey is bringing people back to its barns.

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NHL: JUN 26 Canadiens Development Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Travis Yost grades the centres on Canadian teams. [TSN]
  • Canadiens Prospect Breakdown: Jesse Ylönen. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Should Tyler Bozak and Sami Vatanen garner a PTO look? [The Hockey Writers]
  • Maxime Comtois weighs in on the pressures of the Montreal market and what the future could hold for Jesperi Kotkaniemi. [TVA Sports]
  • The Canadiens never realized what they had in Kotkaniemi—and tried to make him something that he was not. [YLE Svenska]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • When the Railway Men disappeared: Remembering the 10th anniversary of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl disaster. [Sportsnet | The Athletic]
  • The NHL’s best under-23 players: from Cale Makar to Devon Levi. [The Athletic]
  • Unsigned RFAs galore and the ongoing Jack Eichel saga: storylines to watch as training camps open. [Sportsnet]
  • “This is not a risk-free era”—how Canadian hockey is welcoming fans back into rinks. [The Athletic]
  • Are the Boston Bruins looking into the possibility of acquiring P.K. Subban? [The Hockey News]
  • Carolina Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon spoke about the motivation underlying the Kotkaniemi offer sheet. [Sportsnet]
  • There are no shortage of players who blossomed after the age of 21. Don Waddell will be hoping that Kotkaniemi follows the footsteps of compatriot Teuvo Teravainen. [La Presse]
  • Jake Virtanen signs with Spartak Moscow of the KHL. [Sportsnet]
  • Anders Nilsson talks about the concussion symptoms that eventually led to his recent retirement. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The NWHL is rebranding to the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF). [The Hockey News]