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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Mike Matheson is ready to be the face of the Canadiens blueline

In today’s links, Mike Matheson’s Montreal debut, a youth revolution on the Canadiens blueline, and the salary cap is projected to increase significantly.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • It was a nervous, exciting Canadiens debut for hometown boy Mike Matheson. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Matheson is ready for his new role as “big brother”. [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens’ young defencemen must manage the mental challenge of the opportunity before them. [The Athletic]
  • Jake Allen is ready to back up what could be a very young Canadiens defence corps. [CTV Montreal]
  • It was a successful debut for Kirby Dach. [La Presse]
  • Kaiden Guhle also showed what he could do. [RDS]
  • What P.K. Subban — and Zdeno Chara — meant to the city of Montreal. [The Link]
  • John Lu announced during Monday’s game that he is leaving TSN’s Canadiens beat to start a new gig in Winnipeg. [Daily Hive]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • ‘Serious’ allegations of child abuse have been levelled against Vancouver Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini by his ex-wife’s lawyer. [The Province]
  • John Tavares will be out for at least three weeks with a strained rib cage muscle. [CBC]
  • Who are the NHL’s most intriguing names to watch this season? Down Goes Brown gives his picks. [The Athletic]
  • Salary cap is projected to increase by almost $10 million over the next three seasons. [Daily Faceoff | Sportsnet]
  • Former Canadian women’s hockey team goalie Sami Jo Small has been appointed president of the Premier Hockey Federation’s Toronto Six. [CBC | Sportsnet]
  • Could Quebec City’s Le Colisée be marked for demolition to make way for a baseball stadium? [La Presse]