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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Tomas Plekanec believes this road trip will be a season-defining event

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In today’s links, Plekanec speaks about the importance of the California trip, Noah Juulsen will be a top performer for Canada at the World Juniors, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Tomas Plekanec believes this Western road trip will be one of the key sequences that defines the Canadiens’ 2016-17 campaign. [La Presse (French)]
  • Alexander Radulov’s decision to leave the KHL in favour of an NHL return is becoming the norm as the Russian league is starting to see its top talent trickle over to a more stable institution. [National Post]
  • The World Junior Hockey Championship is just weeks away, and it seems that Noah Juulsen’s strong season will earn him top-pairing ice time at this year’s event after being the final cut from the 2016 squad. [TSN.ca]
  • With Carey Price’s return showing he hasn’t lost a beat after an injury-plagued 2015-16 season, a look at some other teams in recent history who owe a lot of their success to the man between the pipes. [TVA Sports (French)]
  • Tyler Bertuzzi will miss a lot of time after his collision with Alexei Emelin on Saturday night, but he’s doesn’t blame the Habs defender for his misfortune:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • In Bob McKenzie’s latest podcast, he looks at the rest of the makeup of the 2017 Canadian World Juniors roster, and opines on what will be a close race for the Calder Trophy [Bobcast]
  • The top two candidates for the rookie award right now are the first- and second-overall selections from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Mike Morreale breaks down the competition between Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine. [NHL.com]
  • If you’ve followed along with top-level hockey competition — both in the NHL and at the international level — you’ve been seeing a lot of Sidney Crosby in recent years. That’s not a coincidence. [CBC]
  • Gerard Gallant’s firing on Sunday night wasn’t just abrupt, it was downright disgraceful. The Carolina Hurricanes’ SB Nation blog describes the bizarre events that unfolded after the Panthers’ game in Raleigh. [Canes Country]
  • Steve Dangle offers his rapid-fire opinions on Gallant’s dismissal. [YouTube]