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Friday Habs Headlines: Pacioretty defends the play, attitude of Alex Semin

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the captain's defense of Alexander Semin, P.K. Subban remaining one of the best in the game, and when Carey Price might return to action.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Max Pacioretty has only good things to say about Alexander Semin, who has been under the microscope as of late. [HIO]
  • Off to a quietly terrific start, P.K. Subban remains among the league's best. [RDS]
  • TSN 690 discusses when Carey Price might return to in-game action. [TSN 690]
  • It had been a while since Torrey Mitchell last skated with a top six line, as he did last night against the Arizona Coyotes. [La Presse]
  • Bud Holloway has been a leader for the St. John's Ice Caps, thanks in part to the experience he gained playing professional hockey in Europe. [Ice Caps]
  • Hall of Famer and former Canadien Bert Olmstead has sadly passed away at the age of 89. [TSN]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • ESPN's Sean McIndoe explores a unique way to revive the NHL's quiet trade market. [ESPN]
  • Darren Dreger suggests that it's a shame the NHL needs to provide a cash incentive to All Stars. [TSN 690]
  • No decision has yet been made regarding the future of Eric Staal with the Carolina Hurricanes. [Sportsnet]
  • Travis Hamonic has confirmed the reason behind his trade request was related to his family. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Boston Bruins' rookie Frank Vatrano has been steadily rising up the ranks of the NHL. [Sports Illustrated]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs should consider sending William Nylander and Kasperi Kapanen to the upcoming World Junior Championships. [Pension Plan Puppets]