Sunday Habs Headlines: Pacioretty excited to play alongside Shea Weber, calls team “stronger”

Here are your daily links, including the captain’s comments on the Habs latest acquisitions, how Andrew Shaw hopes to become a fan favourite, and the battle to be the back-up.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty opens up about the acquisition of Shea Weber, stating his excitement to play alongside his new alternate captain and his belief that the Canadiens are now a better team with the moves made over the summer. []
  • Hoping to establish himself as a fan favourite as he did in Chicago will be Andrew Shaw, whose gritty style of play may be enough to have fans enamored. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Mike Condon will need to battle with experienced back-up Al Montoya to keep a spot in Montreal this season, but fighting for a job is nothing new for him. [Canadiens]
  • Here's what some of the Habs have been up to this summer. [Canadiens]
  • Roster hopeful Artturi Lehkonen is off to a tremendous start to the pre-season in the SHL, starring for Frolunda. [Twitter]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After being a hot-button topic during the last CBA negotiations, escrow is starting to become a bit of a problem and could be at the centre of the next round of discussions between the league and the NHLPA. [NHL Numbers]
  • It seems as if Bill Foley and co. are not done with their search for the perfect name as the Las Vegas franchise will reportedly not go with any of the three “Hawks” names they were said to be entertaining. [Twitter]
  • You’ve likely heard of the famous lucky loonie, and now Canadian athletes at the Rio Olympics can benefit from the good luck as well with a toonie hidden underneath the lining of the competition pool. [CBC]
  • Check out these soccer-style crests for all 30 NHL teams, including an Olympique de Marseille-inspired Canadiens emblem. [Imgur]/

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