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Danault not going to let contract concerns affect play with Canadiens

Center can become free agent at end of season, says he learned from past negotiations

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Phillip Danault said he's learned his lesson and won't let concerns about a new contract affect his play with the Montreal Canadiens this season.

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Geoffrion continues NHL family legacy as Panthers exec

Morenz's great-grandson, Bernie's grandson was fourth member of lineage to play for Canadiens

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Seldom a day goes by that Blake Geoffrion doesn't consider his unique place in the NHL, the only fourth-generation player in League history. Now, Geoffrion is eagerly setting to work for his fourth NHL team, having been hired by the Florida Panthers on Sept. 15 as an assistant to general manager Bill Zito.

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Short Shifts

Lightning trainer, Star Wars fanatic enjoys Stanley Cup with Baby Yoda

Mike Poirier wore Darth Vader helmet for this day at home with trophy

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Staff Writer

Hockey Hall of Fame vice-president and curator Phil Pritchard has seen many different things in the Stanley Cup. Last Friday was a first when Baby Yoda, the breakout star of the Star Wars Disney+ television series "The Mandalorian," took a silver seat.

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Hall of Fame

Hockey Hall of Fame will be quiet instead of inducting Class of 2020

Ceremonies, originally scheduled this weekend, canceled due to coronavirus

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

In a world without the coronavirus, the Hockey Hall of Fame would be welcoming its six-member Class of 2020 this weekend. Instead, the Toronto shrine will open its doors to a modest number of masked visitors who will venture in during the pandemic.

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Hockey 911 event to highlight medical advances made in NHL bubbles

Doctors will show how technology helped them with Julien's heart procedure, other issues

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Hockey 911, a virtual, interactive conference on Nov. 17 that's open to all, will pull back the curtain on many of the medical challenges of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs in the bubbles.

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Trebek remembered as 'true friend' to NHL

Legendary 'Jeopardy!' host 'always said yes when hockey called'

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Alex Trebek loved the NHL, and the feeling was mutual.

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Five Questions with Manon Rheaume

Goalie discusses breaking hockey's gender barrier, journey to NHL

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Manon Rheaume, the trailblazing goalie who broke hockey's gender barrier from peewee through the NHL. Rheaume was the first female to participate in the prestigious Quebec International Peewee Tournament, which changed its rules to allow her participation in 1984. She went on to become the first woman to play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (in 1991) and is the first and only woman to play in the NHL.

On Sept. 23, 1992, Rheaume made hockey history when she played the first period of the Tampa Bay Lightning's preseason game against the St. Louis Blues; she also played one period the following year in a preseason game against the Boston Bruins. Rheaume also played 25 games for teams in the ECHL, West Coast Hockey League and International Hockey League.

The 48-year-old remains the only woman to play a game in any of the four North American major sports leagues -- NHL, Major League Baseball, the NBA and NFL. As a goalie with Canada's national women's team, she was a silver medalist at the 1998 Nagano Olympics and helped Canada finish first at the IIHF Women's World Championship in 1992 and 1994.

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Canadiens' 'Punch Line' was no joke, ended Stanley Cup title drought

Richard, Lach, Blake dominated NHL for four seasons

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

It had been 12 years since the Montreal Canadiens' most recent Stanley Cup championship in 1931. Twice in that span, the team had failed to make the playoffs; not once in a dozen years had they gone as far as the Final.

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Five Questions with Marc Denis

Former NHL goalie turned broadcaster on Canadiens' offseason moves, future

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

NHL.com's Q&A feature called "Five Questions With ..." runs every Tuesday. We talk to key figures in the game and ask them questions to gain insight into their lives, careers and the latest news.

The latest edition features Marc Denis, a former NHL goalie who since 2011 has been an analyst with French-language sports network RDS and columnist for RDS.ca, the network's website. Denis analyzes RDS-telecast home games of the Montreal Canadiens from the end of their bench at Bell Centre (he's seen here behind Carey Price) and is a commentator for numerous media outlets in Quebec and beyond.

The 43-year-old Montreal native also is vice president of hockey operations for Chicoutimi of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the team he played for from 1994-97.

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Backstrom savors memory of scoring his first NHL goals 62 years ago

Longtime Montreal center 'was in shock,' went on to become six-time Stanley Cup champion

by Dave Stubbs @Dave_Stubbs / NHL.com Columnist

Ralph Backstrom was still wet behind the ears, his palms damp in his leather gloves, but the awestruck Montreal Canadiens rookie center understood the sense of occasion. With a dash to the Montreal Forum net, he retrieved six priceless ounces of vulcanized rubber, the puck a personal milestone he still cherishes more than six decades later.

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