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Thursday Habs Headlines: Canadiens followed protocol with Nathan Beaulieu, NHL confirms

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including concussion protocols, Montreal versus Toronto and World Junior Championships news.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The NHL announced that the Montreal Canadiens did follow proper concussion protocols with regards to defenseman Nathan Beaulieu. Yet, that has only served to invite more questions about the league's current protocols. [TSNSportsnet]
  • Bob McKenzie entered the age old debate about whether the city of Montreal or the city Toronto should be considered the mecca of hockey and smartly chose to side with Montreal. [TSN 690]
  • It's goalies galore on the brand new edition of the Ice Level podcast! Tune in as the crew discusses how Montreal will cope without Price, the complicated goalie situation in Leafland and much more. [EOTP]
  • Check out Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts article, where he talks to Glenn Healy about Carey Price's injury and theorizes about possible destinations for Jarred Tinordi. It also contains this great tidbit. [Sportsnet]
    Good line last week from one executive: "Last year, people were asking Marc Bergevin why he was keeping Michel Therrien. This year, those same people are asking why Therrien isn’t working for Canada at the World Cup."
  • Les Canadiennes' stars Caroline Ouellette and Marie-Philip Poulin are going to help coach some of Quebec's best young female hockey players. [RDS]
  • Watch Lars Eller breeze through the newest Before/After Markov challenge!

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • It's officially time to start speculating about World Junior Championship squads:
    • Team USA's prospective junior team seems like the team to beat at this year's tournament. [SB Nation]
    • Meanwhile, Team Canada will finally eschew its old strategy of picking players in a top-six, bottom-six manner and will instead ice a team filled with their most talented junior players. [National Post]
    • The Czech Republic has announced all the players invited to its evaluation camp. [NHL]
  • The CWHL is making slow but steady progress towards making sure that professional women's hockey is both a profitable and sustainable venture. [Financial Post]
  • Why does Philadelphia Flyers' head coach Dave Hakstol continue to play defenseman Nick Schultz, when he has other options? [Broad Street Hockey]
  • There are plenty of goalie controversies to go around in the Eastern Conference. Check out where Montreal ranks! [ESPN]
  • Arizona Coyotes' forward John Scott shared his thoughts on possibly being voted onto the NHL's All-Star team. [AZ Central]