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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty has become the new scapegoat

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Here are your daily links, including the pressure on Patch, the future of the Canadiens’ blue line, and prospects at Team Canada’s selection camp.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens’ early-December schedule looks significantly different from that of seasons past, but this year, the Habs’ grueling California trip comes at a great time, rather than at the tail end of a long season. And though he’s led the team in scoring over the last few seasons, fans aren’t letting up on Max Pacioretty, who seems to be the Canadiens’ new scapegoat. [TSN 690]
  • Andrei Markov’s re-signing in Montreal will heavily impact the Canadiens’ blue line next year, but if this season ends up being his last in a Habs jersey, there will be plenty of young competition vying for a back-end roster spot. [Gazette]
  • Three Canadiens prospects were named to Team Canada’s selection camp roster, including 2015 first-round pick Noah Juulsen, who will have a key role to play in the team’s defence corps. [EOTP]
  • Ninety-two years ago, the grand opening of a Montreal institution took place:
  • The Habs hang onto their top spot atop TSN’s power rankings. [TSN]
  • If you’re in St. John’s, join the IceCaps at Mile One Centre for the 17th annual NTV Teddy Toss, which has benefited over 50,000 families:
  • Pacioretty likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With a handful of 30-goal seasons and a $4.5 million-per-year price tag, Montreal’s captain is one heck of a bargain. After a dismal season leading the team last year, and the pressure far from being off, would #67 benefit from a change of pace, and could any team match his value? [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price, star of The Mighty Ducks? Perhaps not.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The pressure to perform at a high level comes with an enormous volume of stress, and more and more athletes and seeking guidance in acquiring the skills needed to handle the pressure. [The Province]
  • Radim Vrbata has an impressive record to his name:
  • In an effort to eliminate distractions, the head coach of the Saskatoon Blades has banned cellphones from the arena. [Yahoo]
  • Tom Rowe, newly named head coach of the Florida Panthers, will need to meet the ownership’s high expectations of taking significant steps toward a Stanley Cup championship. [NHL]
  • Former Canadien Travis Moen hangs up his skates: