Saturday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens receive a boost from their rookies

After a strong camp, Artturi Lehkonen and Mikhail Sergachev are poised to start the season with the Habs. Carey Price and Shea Weber among top ranked NHL players. Important dates are set for olympics decision, NHL trade deadline, and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The new season brings with it new faces, but there are two new players beginning the year with the Habs who you may not have expected to see. [EOTP]
  • Lehkonen is happy with his camp, he felt he left everything on the ice. [RDS]
  • The decision to keep Sergachev up may have been helped by a light injury to Jeff Petry, but indications are Marc Bergevin and Michel Therrien will give the rookie a full nine-game tryout to start the season. [RDS]
  • Hope reigns as long as Carey Price is around, and Habs fans should feel good going into this season. [Vice Sports]
  • The Canadiens’ goaltender is number four in TSN’s top 50 players ranking. Shea Weber also appears on the list, and he’s right in front of a former Habs blue-liner. [TSN]
  • Shea Weber had a good Montreal debut, and was both intrigued and freaked out at seeing his own face as a Halloween mask. [NHL]
  • Carey Price is set to stabilize the Canadiens team, who EA Sports simulations predict will lose in the Stanley Cup Final to P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators. [Montreal Gazette]
  • After a tough loss in Montreal, Toronto’s coach Mike Babcock at least had one silver lining from the trip.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • SB Nation has released its 2016 NHL season preview, check it out now! [SB Nation]
  • Nail Yakupov’s name was brought up in countless trade rumours going back to midway through last season. Finally, he has been moved, and the St. Louis Blues barely gave anything up for the former first round pick. [NHL]
  • Trade deadline day is set, mark your calendars and prepare your doctor’s notes so you can take the day off work! [Twitter]/
  • Meet John Chayka, the youngest GM in professional sports. [USA Today Sports]
  • In a Q&A with Capitals and Wizards owner Ted Leonsis, he explains he would let the players decide whether or not to participate in the Olypmics. [Twitter]
  • Browne released this open letter today, saying after all, he’s still Brownie. [The Ice Garden]
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy has a mood mask! His new helmet will change looks depending on the temperature. [Instagram]/

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