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Sunday Habs Headlines: Samuel Montembeault is “playing like a number one”

Jan 2, 2024; Dallas, Texas, USA; Dallas Stars right wing Evgenii Dadonov (63) attempts to redirect the puck past Montreal Canadiens goaltender Sam Montembeault (35) during the second period at the American Airlines Center. | Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Martin St-Louis sees Samuel Montembeault as a number-one goalie, and that’s leading to more starts for the netminder in the three-man tandem. [Sportsnet | RDS]
  • Montembeault’s billet family had difficulty finding the right meals he would enjoy. [TVA Sports]
  • That wasn’t a problem in Arber Xhekaj’s case. [TVA Sports]
  • RafaĆ«l Harvey-Pinard prepared for the professional game with platefuls of his billet family’s spaghetti — and repeatedly winning at mini sticks versus their 10-year-old son. [TVA Sports]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • William Nylander is close to signing an eight-year extension with Toronto Maple Leafs carrying an AAV of about $11.5 million. [Sportsnet]
  • The 29th-ranked Ottawa Senators are the most active team in trade talks. As buyers. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor Bedard has been placed on Injured Reserve with a fractured jaw. Nick Foligno is out after breaking a finger while coming to the rookie’s defence. [Second City Hockey]
  • In desperate need of some replacement forwards, the Blackhawks acquired Rem Pitlick from the Pittsburgh Penguins and claimed Zach Sanford off waivers. [SCH | Pitlick | Sanford]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury moved into a tie for second in all-time wins with Patrick Roy. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Pheonix Copley will miss the rest of the season after ACL surgery. [The Score]
  • Jonas Siegenthaler is out with a broken foot. [Sportsnet]
  • Over 13,000 fans were in attendance for yesterday’s PWHL game at Xcel Energy Center between Minnesota and Montreal. [CBS]

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