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Lang to KHL? Schedule...And Changes to the Second Line?

July 15, 2009, 10:52 AM ET [ Comments]
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Welcome to the KHL Robert Lang, where they don’t mind paying big bucks for a guy with a limited skating stride, who just recovered from a torn Achilles, at the age of 38. If he wanted less he’d still be playing in the NHL, and likely Montreal, but it’ll be hard to ignore the financial incentive that Avangard Omsk is giving him.

Lang has until Sunday to decide, which means any NHL team interested in Lang better step to the forefront, before he flies to Russia.

The NHL schedule is set to be released by day’s end. Montreal will play their first game in Toronto, on the 1st of October, as the NHL kicks off early to accommodate the Olympic Break. As has been widely reported, originally by Tim Wharnsby of the G and M, the Habs will play the Washington Capitals at Olympic Stadium (though contrary to what some may believe—this is not an outdoor game…just a game with a comparable audience to one being played at Fenway.

Many are expecting more changes to be made—specifically to the second line in Montreal. With Plekanec slated for arbitration, many as wondering how much longer he’ll be with the team. Also with the change in direction of the Canadiens, people are legitimately wondering if the Kostitsyns fit the new image of the team.

Don’t expect moves to be made immediately. The Canadiens have until October to ice the roster they’d like to begin the season with. They might be inclined to wait for training camp to evaluate how they’d like their second line to look—based on a solid competition between Pacioretty, D’Agostini, and Sergei Kostitsyn, as well as Michael Johansson, and newly signed Andreas Engqvist.

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