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Friday Habs Headlines: Alex Galchenyuk hungry, determined after move to centre

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the immediate payoff of Galchenyuk to centre, Subban on the team's play, and Carey Price being the favourite to once again take home the Vezina.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Alex Galchenyuk describes himself as both "hungry and focused" with relation to his new-found role at centre ice, and the move has already made an impact just one game into the season. [Sportsnet | TSN]
  • TSN 690 examines which Habs impressed in Wednesday's season opener, and which did not. [TSN 690]
  • Despite an opening night victory, we can count P.K. Subban among those who know the Canadiens need to perform better in order to be a winning team this season. [La Presse]
  • Carey Price will hope to become the first back-to-back Vezina winner side Martin Brodeur in 2006 and 2007, and his fellow NHL players believe he can do it. [National Post]
  • Mike Condon surprised even himself by becoming the Habs new backup goaltender. [The Star]
  • RDS has taken a statistical approach to projecting how the Habs should perform this season. [RDS]
  • St. John's IceCaps coach Sylvain Lefebvre has, unsurprisingly, confirmed that Dustin Tokarski will be the team's number one goaltender. [RDS]
  • Michael McCarron speaks about beginning his professional hockey career in St. John's: 
  • You may have noticed the Blue Jays players at the Air Canada Centre for Wednesday's season opener between the Habs and Leafs. Among them, Liam Hendriks was seen wearing a Canadiens shirt. [SB Nation]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Take a look at this great video from The Players Tribune, taking a look at an old gas station in Connecticut that turns out to be a major training spot for NHL stars. [The Players Tribune]
  • Not your prototypical defensive defenseman, Islanders' blue-liner Nick Leddy is surprisingly effective at getting the job done in his own zone. [Sportlogiq]
  • Rob Vollman takes a look at the relationship between an important shooting statistic and qualifying for the post-season. []
  • Quality of teammate and competition metrics are actually quite complex, as Garret Hohl examines. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • What exactly went wrong with Bobby Ryan last season? Travis Yost takes a look at the Senators' winger. [TSN]
  • A breakdown of why exactly Dustin Brown was not suspended for his eye-raising hit on Logan Couture. [Puck Daddy]
  • After being suspended for 41 games, Raffi Torres has apologized for his hit on Jakob Silfverberg, but we're still left wondering: can the repeat offender really change? [Eye on Hockey]
  • It has long been said that the role of fighting in hockey has been diminishing, and the era of the "goon" may now be over. [Globe and Mail]
  • The ECHL has partnered with Geico for some unique advertising: blue goal-posts. [Eye on Hockey]