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Thursday Habs Headlines: Kent Hughes looking for individual progress

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Read the Canadiens season preview we put together for the main For Hockey Fans site. [ForHockeyFans]
  • Kent Hughes believes his team is set up to be better this season, but the thing he wants to see is individual progression from his young players. [Radio-Canada]
  • Breaking down the play of Nick Suzuki, with Nick Suzuki. [The Athletic]
  • Brendan Gallagher is struggling with the idea of having to change his game after 11 seasons in the NHL. [RDS]
  • More than anything, it was a change in mindset for Mattias Norlinder that put him back on the radar as a top Habs prospect. [TVA Sports]
  • Mike Matheson isn’t happy that the Canadiens let a two-goal lead slip away late. [Journal de Montraal]
  • They really are the Montreal Canadiens. The Habs lead the NHL with 18 Canadians on their 23-man roster. [Daily Hive]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The AHL, ECHL, CHL, USHL, and PWHL have teamed up to create the Respect Hockey Culture Center, a centralized resource to help hockey players seek help for mental illness and report violations of league policies. []
  • Brian Burke called the NHL’s ban of pride tape “a surprising and serious setback.” [ESPN]
  • Scott Laughton says he will still use pride tape regardless. [TSN]
  • The Buffalo Sabres signed Owen Power to a seven-year contract extension carrying an AAV of $8.35 million. [Die By The Blade]
  • Lindy Ruff received an extension with the New Jersey Devils. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Brett Howden has been suspended for two games after a hit to the head of Brandon Tanev on opening night. [TSN]
  • Connor Bedard will not score his first NHL goal versus the Canadiens on Saturday. He did that last night versus the Boston Bruins. []
  • Taylor Hall is week-to-week after sustaining an injury in the same game. []