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Friday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty returns to practice

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the captain's return to practice, how to fix the Habs struggling power play, and the on-going battle for a spot on the club's blue-line.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • He's not expected back in the lineup until the October 7th opener against the Maple Leafs, but captain Max Pacioretty practiced alongside his teammates for the first time yesterday:
  • The Canadiens fell 4-3 in a shootout to the Washington Capitals in their second pre-season game. []
  • With JJ Daigneault taking over power play duties on the Habs coaching staff, Darren Dreger discusses how to address the team's struggles with the man advantage. Meanwhile, Pierre McGuire suggests we shouldn't overlook Michael McCarron as a potential fourth line centre this season. [TSN 690 | DregerMcGuire]
  • The crew from That's Hockey point out why Alexander Semin might just be the steal of the summer for the Canadiens. [TSN]
  • Eric Engels of Sportsnet takes a look at the potential of Habs defenseman Greg Pateryn. [Sportsnet]
  • Amidst a heated pre-season battle for a spot in the lineup, Jarred Tinordi is solely focused on improving game-by-game. [La Presse]
  • The Habs have signed netminder Michael McNiven, who was a training camp invitee, to an entry-level contract. [EOTP]
  • Don't miss this video of Brendan Gallagher hitting the links, including some analysis on his game from Nathan Beaulieu. []

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The (now former) Montreal Stars revealed their new identity yesterday, becoming les Canadiennes de Montreal. [EOTPCWHL]
  • Full credit to former NHL player and current CSKA Moscow star Alexander Radulov, who helped arena officials spot an injured fan during a game. [Puck Daddy]
  • Our own Jack Han investigates coaching wisdom and how bench bosses can deal with certain types of players. [Hockey Graphs]
  • Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko has risen the ranks of NHL stardom at an alarming rate, but how is it that he continues to score at such a clip? [SPORTLOGiq]
  • Stanley Cup of Chowder's Paul Wheeler penned this piece on the NHL and its blunders in dealing with women's issues. [SCOC]