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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Justin Barron tries to seize the day

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Justin Barron is trying to make the most of his time with the Habs. [Saltwire]
  • Should the Canadiens have called up prospects with higher ceilings rather than Joel Armia and Gustav Lindström? [TVA Sports]
  • The Canadiens have plenty going right for them early on in 2023-24. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Florian Xhekaj is terrorizing the OHL, one fight at a time. [Daily Hive]
  • Veteran Tyler Toffoli cherished his short tenure with the Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Ken Dryden’s latest book, The Class, follows the trajectories of the 35 members of his high school grade. [CBC]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Calgary Flames defenceman Nikita Zadorov went off when asked on Tuesday about his team’s poor start to the season. [Sportsnet]
  • The Edmonton Oilers were an extremely popular pre-season Stanley Cup pick. Two weeks into the season, having lost four of their first five games, they look nothing like it. [Sportsnet]
  • The Buffalo Sabres are feeling the weight of heavy expectations early. [Daily Faceoff]
  • After Travis Dermott put rainbow tape on his stick for a game on Saturday night, the NHL, NHLPA, and NHL Player Inclusion Coalition have agreed that players will be able to represent social causes with stick tape this season, including games and practices. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL’s Pride tape fiasco is a predictable mess of the league’s own making. [The Athletic]
  • Luke Prokop says the NHL’s reversal of their imposed ban on tape supporting social causes is a sign of the players’ power. [Sportsnet]
  • Why Dermott decided to defy the NHL’s Pride tape ban, and why he’s dropping it for now. [The Athletic]
  • The Professional Women’s Hockey League unveiled its logo as it prepares for its inaugural season. [Daily Faceoff]
  • 2024 NHL Draft Prospect Roundup: Artyom Levshunov is the real deal. [Daily Faceoff]