Saturday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens should break the 100-point mark this season

In today’s links, Dennis Bernstein reserves high hopes for Habs, Jonathan Drouin’s chances of making us forget about Radulov, Galchenyuk’s woes, and much more.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Dennis Bernstein believes the Canadiens will break the 100 point plateau this year. [TSN 690]
  • Andrew Berkshire walks us through the top 23 wingers in the league based on statistics. Spoiler alert, the Habs’ captain is number five. [Sportsnet]
  • Too many players have fallen short at camp this year, says François Gagnon. [TSN]
  • Will Jonathan Drouin be able to make Habs fans forget about Alexander Radulov? [RDS]
  • Things seem to be in a steady state of decline for Alex Galchenyuk, who finished his last playoff game on the fourth line, and may just start the season there too. [La Presse]
  • There are some aspects of life in a hockey team that aren’t obvious to outside observers. Rookies, it seems, are not above being star-struck. [John Lu]/
  • Paul Byron is a handyman, both on and off the ice. [Montreal Gazette]
  • One day after the Canadiens’ coach suggested the team may need to acquire more help on the blue-line, rumours continue to swirl about the team’s interest in depth-forward and character guy Chris Neil. [La Presse]
  • Here’s a photo of the legendary Jean Béliveau that you may not have seen before. /
  • Jared Book takes a look back at the rise of women’s hockey icon Charline Labonté from scrappy young hopeful to an Olympic champion and inspiration. [EOTP]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • One of the marks of greatness is to never settle, never be satisfied. That certainly describes the attitude of superstar forward Vladimir Tarasenko, who expects more from himself this year. [NHL]
  • Jaromir Jagr will not dress for Kladno in the KHL, possibly by request of an interested NHL club. [Zdenek Janda]
  • In fact, there could be as many as three teams in the mix for Jagr’s services. [NBC Sports]
  • The Ottawa Senators have signed goaltender Craig Anderson to a contract extension. [Senators]/
  • Pierre LeBrun believes this year could see more trade action from the NHL’s General Managers. [FRS]
  • The NHL is the least diverse of the major four pro sports leagues in North America, leaving its 30-odd african-american players isolated. Now the spotlight is on them as everyone tries to get a soundbite regarding anthem protests. [The Star]
  • Retired former Habs player Eric Chouinard has been introduced as the new Director of Player Safety in Quebec’s major-junior hockey league. [QMJHL]/

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