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Saturday Habs Headlines: Early Days

Oct 11, 2023; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Toronto Maple Leafs center David Kampf (64) battles for the puck in front of Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jake Allen (34) during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The blue paint in Montreal is crowded, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing. [La Presse | Translation]
  • It’s a slow start for Montreal, both due to the schedule and their struggles on the power play. [Radio-Canada]
  • Christian Dvorak joined the Habs at practice in a regular jersey. [Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Anze Kopitar is one game away from becoming the LA Kings’ all-time leader in games played. [NHL]
  • Jake Guentzel has quietly established himself on Sidney Crosby’s wing, and it’s not just because he’s playing with Crosby. [NHL]
  • Hailey Hunter is making a name for herself with the Penguins. [The Athletic]
  • It’s early days yet, but Jay Woodcroft is already frustrated by his team’s effort — or lack thereof. [TSN]
  • Can the answer to the Leafs’ weaker bottom six come in the form of William Nylander? [Yahoo Sports]
  • Goalies are better than ever, so why are save percentages going down? [NHL]
  • Brady and Matthew Tkachuk got to be the ones to tell their dad the he will be inducted into the St. Louis Blues Hall of Fame. [NHL]
  • Patrik Laine will donate $1,000 for each point he picks up during the season to OhioHealth Foundation to promote and raise money for mental health awareness. [NHL]
  • Elliot and Jeff talk about decentralizing the Draft, declines in attendance, Alex DeBrincat, and more in the most recent 32 Thoughts. [Sportsnet]
  • The Coyotes are earning respect with their play. [NHL]
  • Time may be what the newer Leafs need to get going, but in a market like Toronto, they might not have enough. [Sportsnet]
  • Alex DeBrincat feels that the trade worked out for all concerned, but understands if others don’t share his opinions. [TSN]
  • Robby Fabbri is out for a month for Detroit. [NHL]
  • Leo Carlsson has hit the ground running in Anaheim. [Yahoo Sports]
  • Patrick Kane still doesn’t have a contract as he recovers from off-season surgery, but there are a number of places that would be likely landing spots, including Dallas. [Sportsnet]
  • Phil Kessel is s still unsigned, but things may not stay that way for much longer. [TSN]
  • This year’s Heritage Classic will be the 38th outdoor regular season game, but the novelty and fun still hasn’t worn off. [NHL]
  • There’s no Cup fatigue to be seen in the Golden Knights’ early-season play. [Yahoo Sports]