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Canadiens News and Rumors: Drouin, Byron, Waivers, More

The Montreal Canadiens are approaching this season with a different attitude and their depth has mean a few players have been squeezed out.

There’s plenty of news to talk about when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens. As the team goes through camp and gets ready for the 2020-21 NHL season, Jonathan Drouin and Paul Byron had comments on who things were going and the Canadiens were among a handful of teams to place players on the waiver wire.

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Canadiens to Hit the Waiver Wire

With the start to the 2020-21 NHL season just three days away, the Montreal Canadiens have made some decisions when it comes to their roster. Nine players were placed on waivers. Should they all clear waivers, they’ll either join the Rocket’s training camp next week or join the Canadiens taxi squad.

Laurent Dauphin, Gustav Olofsson, Xavier Ouellet, and Charlie Lindgren, are the more likely candidates to join the team’s taxi squad. Jordan Weal and Noah Juulsen are potential surprises of this group, both having been regulars on the Canadiens roster in the past.

This speaks to the depth of the Canadiens roster this season and as Jonathan Drouin said, “It’s a good problem to have.” While some players are going to get squeezed out because of the additions, he added, “We have a lot of depth and a lot of players who can play different positions.”

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NHL Playoff Experience Will Be Important

Jonathan Drouin spoke with the media about the experience the Montreal Canadiens gained from playing in the NHL bubble is important for the team. This is a group that felt like they could have beaten the Philadelphia Flyers and with the additions the team made this season, they feel confident.

Personally, he says he took that confidence into his offseason training and expects the rest of the team will do the same. He’s excited about the chemistry being built between he and his line mates in camp — Nick Suzuki and Josh Anderson. He said, “I like the way things have been going during practices. We just have to bring that into games like we did during the playoffs.”

Byron Shares Canadiens Mentality

Paul Byron also spoke with the media and he said the intensity is up and everyone is extremely serious about this season. Saying it’s a short camp and the group has done well so far, the team has come into this training camp “We’re a team that wants to be a playoff team. There’s intensity and focus and guys are really sharp out there.” He added, “We just know that this year means business for our hockey club.”

Considering the moves the Canadiens made, they’ve created a window to really go for it this season and it sounds as though the team isn’t going to let that opportunity go to waste.

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