Times are tough in Montreal. Not only are the Habs looking for their first win but General Manager Marc Bergevin does not have a contract beyond this season, and he would like one “in an ideal world”.
It sounds unlikely that Shea Weber will ever play again. Mix in a Joel Edmundson absence from the blueline and the Habs are in an early hole after reaching the Stanley Cup Final last season.
CANADA HOCKEY NOW
Montreal: Marc Bergevin is feeling the heat for the Habs’ slow start while seeking a new contract.
Montreal: Bergevin says it’s “a long shot” that Shea Weber ever plays again.
Montreal: The Habs have shaken up the lines at practice in their quest to get a win.
Calgary: Flames “unicorn” Markstrom critical to a successful season. (CHN+)
Toronto: Pressure on Nick Ritchie to produce and the numbers to know. (ToHN+)
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Boston: Bruins have lost veteran winger Nick Foligno to an upper-body injury in the second period of Wednesday’s loss to the Flyers.
Vegas: The Golden Knights battled the Blues in a well-played game but came out on the losing end of a 3-1 score. Defenceman Alec Martinez suffered an injury, too.
Pittsburgh: Penguins like their second defence pairing.
N.Y. Islanders: Young right winger Oliver Wahlstrom is giving the Islanders reason to be encouraged by his play.
Detroit: How has Steve Yzerman built the Red Wings?
Anaheim: Elliotte Friedman notes, in 32 Thoughts, that the Ducks have veterans with expiring deals who could be valuable trade chips – Ryan Getzlaf, Rickard Rakell, Hampus Lindholm, and Josh Manson.
San Jose: Erik Karlsson’s return to Ottawa isn’t the big deal that it used to be.
Premier Hockey Federation: Games are going to air on ESPN+, a great chance to get exposure for that league.
Ottawa: Brady Tkachuk will make his season debut for the Senators Thursday.
Winnipeg: The Jets are bracing for potentially more positive COVID-19 tests, beyond just the case of captain Blake Wheeler.