Friday Habs Headlines: The new and improved Jesperi Kotkaniemi

In today’s links, Kotkaniemi arrived at training camp bigger and stronger than ever, Artturi Lehkonen hopes that his dedication to his shot will pay off, and how one drug test in Slovakia changed Shea Theodore’s life.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Meet Jesperi Kotkaniemi, version 2.0. Bigger, stronger, mintier. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Artturi Lehkonen hopes that the offseason time invested in his shot will pay divideds. [Sportsnet]
  • Where are the battleground spots in the Canadiens’ lineup? [The Athletic]
  • Fitness is a priority for the Canadiens on day 1 of training camp. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Shea Weber is on another level when it comes to physical prowess. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Joel Bouchard doesn’t want to run an AHL team, he wants to run a development program. [TSN 690 (Audio)]
  • How do the Canadiens use advanced stats? [La Presse]
  • The Habs on TSN are back, starting on Monday, September 16, when the New Jersey Devils come to Montreal. [TSN]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Regulation wins will be worth more than overtime wins this season when breaking ties in the standings./
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are getting closer and closer to naming a successor to Dion Phaneuf as team captain. [TSN]
  • Which players currently on a PTO have the best chance of making the cut? [The Hockey News]
  • What’s a fair contract for Mitch Marner? [The Athletic]
  • At least three teams are apparently exploring an offer sheet for Kyle Connor of the Winnipeg Jets. [Sportsnet]
  • Mikko Rantanen remains in Finland with no deal imminent. [TSN]
  • A failed drug test at the World Championships revealed a tumour in Shea Theodore’s testicle. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Colby Armstrong suffered a torn hamstring while training for Battle of the Blades. [CBC]
  • Carter Hutton of the Buffalo Sabres unveils his new mask./
  • Alex Rigsby is fighting for a single, viable, women’s professional hockey league in North America. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • Champions HPK celebrated their second title in history on Liiga opening night./

The wide world of sports

  • Rob Gronkowski admits to suffering at least 20 concussions over the course of his nine-year NFL career. [The Guardian]/

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