Friday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty forging ahead

In today’s links, Max Pacioretty is doing his best to not let his contract situation affect his summer activities and preparations, Danault’s and Armia’s arbitration situation, and what should the Hawks do with their newfound cap space?

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Despite the murkiness of his situation, it’s business as usual for the captain, who has announced through the team that he will be holding his annual charity golf tournament at a date and place yet to be determined. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Phillip Danault and Joel Armia are just two of seven particularly interesting potential arbitration cases around the league. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Speaking of which, the arbitration hearing schedule has been announced by the NHLPA - with Danault scheduled for July 20 and Armia July 25. [NHLPA]
  • Catching up with Xavier Ouellet. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • ICYMI: The Canadiens have invited Simon Despres to training camp on a professional tryout. [Sportsnet]
  • Despres will wear #47 at camp. [Mitch Gallo]/
  • The Laval Rocket have announced a partnership with the Laval Police to benefit Special Olympics Quebec. [Laval Rocket]
  • ICYMI: Les Canadiennes have acquired Canadian Olympians Geneviève Lacasse and Jillian Saulnier from the Calgary Inferno. [Les Canadiennes]
  • Erin Ambrose is hyped at the prospect of her new teammates. [Erin Ambrose]/
  • President of the Republic of Finland Sauli Niinistö presents a personalized gift for Prime Minister and ardent Canadiens fan Justin Trudeau. [Sauli Niinistö]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Could Claude Giroux be in line for a return to centre next season? [RDS]
  • A guide to bargain hunting in what’s left of this year’s UFA cohort. [The Athletic]
  • Identifying five NHLers poised for bounce back seasons with new teams. [Sportsnet]
  • With Marian Hossa’s contract off the books, should the Chicago Blackhawks consider trading for a big fish such as Max Pacioretty or Artemi Panarin? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • What is Auston Matthews going to get paid? [The Athletic]
  • Aaron Ward says that there’s a long list of players who do not want to play for Mike Babcock. [TSN 690 (Audio)]
  • In light of Connor Hellebuyck’s contract extension, Travis Yost writes that the GMs of the league still have no idea how to appropriately value goaltender performance. [TSN]
  • Oliver Ekman-Larsson has donated $125,000 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale. [Arizona Sports]/

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