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Sunday Habs Headlines: Alexander Semin looking forward to a fresh start

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including a new beginning for Alex Semin, a focus on production from the defense, and a look to the past from Serge Savard.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Habs are putting an emphasis on getting their skilled defensemen involved on the offensive side of things in an effort to improve their attack. Meanwhile, Alexander Semin is putting last season's struggles behind him and focusing solely on a better year in 2015-16.  [La Presse | DefenseSemin]
  • The Canadiens took to the ice for the final game of the pre-season on Saturday night, coming just short in a road loss to the Ottawa Senators. []
  • Sportsnet's Scott Feschuk penned a humorous preview of all seven Canadian teams heading into the season, and touched on the Habs storied past and the summer's big acquisition. [Sportsnet]
  • One-time Habs legend and former GM Serge Savard was relieved of his duties 20 years ago. Looking back, he still believes he could have led the team to their 25th Stanley Cup, and also has praise for Marc Bergevin. [TVA]
  • As the AHL pre-season continues, St. John's IceCaps coach Sylvain Lefebvre explains that everybody has something to fight for in camp - though being a scratch may actually be good news. [The Telegram]
  • More on the IceCaps, tryout player Nicolas Blanchard hopes to provide a veteran presence on the team's young blue-line. [The Telegram]

Around the League an Elsewhere

  • Former Hab Sergei Gonchar has been released from his professional tryout with the Pittsburgh Penguins, likely signalling the end of his playing career. [Puck Daddy]
  • Social media is revolutionizing the way hockey fans watch the game, and research even suggests that fans of the sport are among the most tech-savvy. Sports Illustrated examines the impact of Twitter and other such services on the game. [Sports Illustrated]
  • Missing since the 1940s, the prestigious Starr Shield — awarded to the Maritimes' top senior hockey team — has been found 68 years later. [CBC]