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Friday Habs Headlines: Price is back on the ice, wants a Stanley Cup

Here are your daily headlines covering the Canadiens and the NHL, including Carey Price's motivation, the value of Max Pacioretty, and after a well deserved rest, Price is back to training.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Carey Price may have a ton of hardware, but he's determined not to lose focus after his clean up at the NHL awards. For the best goaltender in the league, there's only one piece of hardware that motivates him moving forward. [NHL]

    "Winning the Stanley Cup is my priority and I haven't done that yet, so that's what keeps me driven." -Carey Price

  • More on Carey Price, as after a well deserved break the star goaltender is back on skates and preparing for the upcoming season. (French) [TVA]
  • Max Pacioretty scores a fair amount of goals, but he means more to the Canadiens than just his scoring. In fact, his biggest importance may well be in the transitional game. [Sportlogiq]
  • More on Patches, as one of his old High School coaches Dan Murphy discussed what it was like having a young Pacioretty on his squad. [Canadiens]
  • EOTP's annual top 25 under 25 is well underway, and this year we're adding a little something extra to the mix. We're giving the entire community the opportunity to cast a ballot in a separate vote, and we'll see how that stacks up with our final product. [EOTP]
  • The Journal de Montreal ranked the best players in team history by their number, and some interesting names came up with some numbers that haven't been worn much. (French) [Journal de Montreal]
  • Newcomer to the Habs Alexander Semin welcomed a new member to his family, as he and his wife had a baby. Hopefully you can read Russian for this one. [sovsport]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • If there were a heavyweight belt for the best NHL rivalry over the years, how many times do you think the Canadiens would be co-champions? Check it out. [Grantland]
  • When building a contender in a competitive league like the NHL, you need to be able to acquire elite players. That is much easier said than done, though. [Canucks Army]
  • Chinese-born hockey standout Rudi Ying talks about how players like himself can help bridge the cultural gap, and popularize the sport of hockey in his home country. [Yahoo]
  • We've already taken a look at what advertisements on jerseys could do to the iconic Habs sweater, and the good folks over at Broad Street Hockey did the same for the Flyers. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • After a strong finish last season, the Minnesota Wild are beginning to believe that they may be a contender this year. [NHL]