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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Looking for big things in 2023-24

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Head coach Martin St-Louis thinks that his team is “capable of taking a big step”. [Sportsnet]
  • It’s time for the Habs to translate potential into practice. [RDS]
  • Alex Newhook is excited about his debut with the young Canadiens. [Montreal Gazette]
  • While most eyes are focused on the Habs’ youth, the veterans still have their roles to play in the team’s growth. [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens will still one day have to find top-tier talent for their squad. [Radio-Canada]
  • Breaking down the Canadiens’ final decisions in setting their season-opening lineup. [The Athletic]
  • Joshua Roy is poised for a great season after a great training camp. [A Winning Habit]
  • “I tried to force their hand”: Cayden Primeau puts the Canadiens in a tough goalie situation to start the season. [Daily Hive]
  • “Until you live it, no one’s ready for it,” says Jonathan Drouin about playing in Montreal. [Yahoo! Sports]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • “One day at a time” seems to be the mantra of the Toronto Maple Leafs. [La Presse]
  • MLSE plans to make significant upgrades to Scotiabank Arena, including the “Just Walk Out” concession stand. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Connor Bedard’s baptism of fire begins with Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. [The Athletic]
  • “Bedard will score 100 points” and 31 other bold predictions. [Daily Faceoff]
  • Barry Melrose, a former NHL coach and player who has been an analyst for ESPN since 1996, has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and is retiring. []
  • The long-anticipated salary cap boom is expected to follow the 2023-24 season. [TSN]
  • What changed between the Winnipeg Jets and Connor Hellebuyck and Mark Scheifele? [Daily Faceoff]
  • If the NHL is a copycat league, what can be learned from the Vegas Golden Knights’ 2023 Stanley Cup championship? [The Athletic]
  • The NHL has banned alterations to on-ice player uniforms and gear for games, warm-ups and official team practices for theme nights, including Pride, Hockey Fights Cancer or military appreciation celebrations. [Sportsnet]
  • Should refs speak to the media after games? [TSN]