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Saturday Habs Headlines: The best may be yet to come for Carey Price

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the possibility of an even better year out of Carey Price, the contract extension of Tomas Plekanec, and some praise for the Red Wings from Michel Therrien.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • While just about the entirety of the Habs team looks improved from last season, it's hard to imagine Carey Price being better than last year. The league MVP, however, might just be. [ESPN]
  • The Canadiens announced on Friday that they had signed alternate captain Tomas Plekanec to a 2-year contract extension. [EOTP]
  • Ahead of their battle at the Bell Centre tonight, Habs coach Michel Therrien says he isn't surprised by the Detroit Red Wings' early-season success. [La Presse]
  • Check out the heart-warming story of Alex Smidt, a courageous young Habs fan battling meningitis. [Leader Post]
  • P.K. Subban had a launch part for his new website, which includes tips on how to be a better hockey player. [Metro]
  • In case you missed it, here's the ceremony from Thursday night's home opener at the Bell Centre. [EOTP]
  • Carey Price received props from the NHL's twitter account for making sure a young Habs fan got a puck after being named the game's first star on Thursday. [EOTP]
  • As the Canadian federal election looms, Habs players discuss which of their teammates would make the best Prime Minister: 
  • Some Habs players dressed in an unusual manner for pro hockey players are featured in this weeks edition of the NHL Grab Bag. [Grantland]
  • The St. John's Ice Caps have signed veteran forward Eric Neilson to a 25-game professional tryout contract. [Ice Caps]
  • The Ice Caps made another move on Friday, assigning Stefan Fournier to the ECHL:

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Todd McLellan of the Edmonton Oilers has been appointed the head coach for Team North America at next year's World Cup of Hockey. [Sportsnet]
  • Here is the breakdown of the salary cap ramifications the Los Angeles Kings will face for their settlement with Mike Richards. [Sportsnet]
  • Zdeno Chara has been a dominant player in the NHL for a long time, but how much longer can "Big Z" go? [Sportsnet]
  • Pete Luukko feels the Florida Panthers have a lot to prove, but also have a very bright future. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Nikita Nesterov has been suspended two games for his hit on Dallas Stars' Curtis McKenzie. [Puck Daddy]
  • Brendan Lemieux is the subject of player disciplinary action in the OHL as a result of this hit: