Thursday Habs Headlines: Is their aggressive forecheck Montreal’s new calling card?

Here are your daily links, including goals produced by the forecheck, looking ahead to the home opener, trying out a different sport, and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs’ aggressive forecheck is yielding results on the scoreboard. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Jonathan Drouin feels like he should be doing more to contribute offensively. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Local boy Xavier Ouellet is excited to play his first home game in Montreal. [Canadiens]
  • Claude Julien expects Nicolas Deslauriers to able to return the lineup in less than two weeks. [Twitter]
  • Phillip Danault just announced that he and his wife are expecting their first child./
  • Habs prospects have been lighting it up in Europe: Check out highlights from Alexander Romanov and Jesse Ylönen.
  • The Canadiens are missing some star power after trading Max Pacioretty, but their improved depth is yielding positive results anyway. [The Athletic]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi is excited for the first home game, but he’s not nervous. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Although he still hopes to play, Simon Després refused Montreal’s offer of a one-way contract with Laval. [Twitter]
  • Early observations of the Canadiens’ season show lots of promise. [The Athletic]
  • With Jacob De La Rose about to return to the lineup, either he or Nikita Scherbak is likely to be cut. [Sportsnet]
  • Patrick Roy spoke to about wining the Stanley Cup in 1993, possibly returning to coach in the NHL, and more. [NHL]
  • A lot of things could have been different if the Habs had traded for Ryan O’Reilly at the 2018 Draft. [The Athletic]
  • The Flames may not be looking to trade Sam Bennett, but the Habs would be among the interested teams. [31 Thoughts]
  • QMJHL player and Habs prospect Samuel Houde hopes to follow in Charles Hudon’s footsteps. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens hit the basketball court ahead of the Raptors’ game in Montreal, and Brendan Gallagher and Max Domi got a little bit competitive./

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Learn more about the man behind the Flyers’ viral new mascot. [Lifehacker]
  • Kevin Shattenkirk admitted that his play has not been good enough recently. [TSN]
  • Lars Eller recalled his Cup-winning goal before the Capitals’ rematch with Vegas;/
  • Although he doesn’t want to retire from the NHL, Rick Nash’s future is uncertain due to his ongoing concussion symptoms. [TSN]
  • Amanda Kessel discussed how women’s hockey in America has grown since Team USA won gold. [NHL Network]
  • Craig Custance shared an oral history of the legend that was Team North America. [The Athletic]/

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