Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens could be keeping cap space for John Tavares

Your daily links, including Elliotte Friedman’s theory about the Habs’ cap space, Montreal’s underlying numbers show they are due to bounce back, the Penguins’ interest in Galchenyuk and more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Elliotte Friedman thinks the Canadiens are holding onto their available cap space, waiting to see whether John Tavares re-signs with the New York Islanders. [FRS]
  • The Habs’ play is unsustainably unlucky, putting Montreal among two other teams whose trends should reverse. [Sportsnet]
  • Joey Alfieri looks at the trade possibilities behind the rumoured Pittsburgh Penguins’ interest in Alex Galchenyuk. [NBC Sports]
  • The HIO crew debate whether the Canadiens’ ticket market is softer than usual, and if so why. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Marie-Philip Poulin is excited to be back in Quebec City, this time with Team Canada. [JdM]
  • Puck Drop returns for a chat with former St. John’s IceCaps captain Max Friberg. [EOTP]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Canadiens fans don’t really want to hear this, but Bodog has just pegged the Toronto Maple Leafs as the odds-on favourites to win the Stanley Cup. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Detroit Red Wings finally came to term with RFA Andreas Athanasiou. [NHL]
  • Taylor Hall gives Nico Hischier the business on Twitter after the rookie scored his first (and second) NHL goal. /
  • Erik Gudbranson was given a one-game suspension for his recent boarding infraction against the Bruins’ Joey Vatrano. [NHL]
  • The Devils’ minder Cory Schneider was placed on IR on Friday after suffering a lower-body injury against the Ottawa Senators. [NHL]
  • A Minnesotan has travelled to North Korea for hockey and friendship. [The Athletic]/

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