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Saturday Habs Headlines: Captaincy hasn't changed Max Pacioretty

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the importance of Max Pacioretty sticking to his game, a small misunderstanding about Paul Byron's size, and the still-fierce rivalry with the Bruins.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty understands the honour of wearing the "C", but it hasn't changed the type of player he is. [La Presse]
  • Paul Byron reveals that he's actually not quite as small as we initially thought, while new teammate Jeff Petry explains the similarities he has to Habs winger Brendan Gallagher.  [National Post]
  • While it will be Carey Price in goal to face the Bruins tonight, Mike Condon will make his first NHL start against the Senators in Ottawa on Sunday.  [EOTP]
  • The game may be lacking a familiar face or two, but the rivalry between the Habs and Bruins is still alive and well. [RDS]
  • Tim Bozon was featured in this interview as he looks set to begin his pro career with St. John's this season. [L'Equipe]
  • Nathan Beaulieu will honour a young boy whose life was tragically taken too early with a letter "Q" on his stick:
  • In case you missed it: Habs training camp invitees Angelo Miceli and Markus Eisenschmid have earned themselves AHL contracts. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Although goalies may not be partial to it, the new 3-on-3 overtime format is both entertaining and effective. [Eye on Hockey]
  • TSN analyst Aaron Ward was arrested in North Carolina yesterday. [TSN]
  • Former Canadiens backup Peter Budaj has found a new home, signing a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Kings. Budaj, however, has been sent to the team's AHL affiliate. [Sportsnet]
  • Meanwhile, the Kings and forward Mike Richards have now officially parted ways after the parties reached a settlement on the state of Richards' contract. [Jewels from the Crown]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have been dealt another unfortunate blow as James Wisniewski was injured mere seconds into his first game with the team. Wisniewski is expected to be out for six months. [Canes Country]
  • The league and the NHLPA have set the escrow withholding rate for the season at 16%. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The AHL has agreed to a new four-year deal with the Pro Hockey Players Assocation. [Twitter]