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Friday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber the front-runner for the Norris Trophy

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In today’s links, Shea Weber is primed for his first Norris win, Radulov is the summer’s best signing, the CBA will not be extended, and much more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Shea Weber is NHL.com’s favourite to take home the Norris Trophy at the end-of-season awards. [NHL.com]
  • You can vote for him, Vezina Trophy front-runner Carey Price, Max Pacioretty, or Brendan Gallagher to be captain of the Atlantic Division’s entry into the All-Star 3-on-3 Tournament. [Canadiens.com]
  • Mikhail Sergachev has been invited to Russia’s World Junior selection camp. [EOTP]
  • Alexander Radulov’s signing by the Canadiens was one of the biggest shocks of the off-season, but his play through the first 23 games has him as the best performer out of the entire free-agent crop. [The Score]
  • Andrew Berkshire evaluates the Canadiens players through a quarter of the season. [RDS]
  • Price makes a surprise appearance at a training session for young goaltenders:
  • More than a year after a Memorial Cup championship, a look at where Michael McCarron and his Oshawa Generals teammates are now. [The Bloggers’ Tribune]
  • Torrey Mitchell credits his time with the San Jose Sharks for turning him into a real professional. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Montreal Canadiens remain in top spot of the NHL Super 16 rankings. [NHL.com]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Former Canadien Travis Moen has announced his retirement from the NHL:
  • With the World Junior Hockey Championship being held in Canada every two years, 2019 was the next tourament in need of a host. It was announced yersterday that the event would take place in Vancouver and Victoria. [Twitter]
  • The NHLPA will decide not to extend the current version of the CBA that was rattified partway into the 2012-13 season, and the union cites the NHL’s reluctance to allow its players in the Olympics as a main reason. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Major League Baseball agreed to extend its CBA for another five years with seemingly little ado and lots of time to spare before the new season begins. What can the NHL learn from the professional baseball agreement? [Sportsnet]
  • Through a quarter of the season, here’s a look at the Analytics All-Star Team. [NHL.com]
  • You’d think that having two starter-quality goaltenders would be a boon for an NHL franchise, but that hasn’t been the case of the Pittsburgh Penguins this season. [FanRag Sports]
  • Part of the Penguins’ woes could stem from the fact that the power has shifted to the Eastern Conference after years of Western dominance, and specifically to their Metropolitan Division. [TSN]
  • After being signed by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the off-season, Michael Bournival has been recalled from Syracuse to join the NHL club. [La Presse]
  • Jack Han finds similarities between the offensive styles of Connor McDavid and Wayne Gretzky in his latest instalment of One-Minute Tactics:
  • On paper, the Winnipeg Jets should be a playoff contender. So what’s going wrong? [Sportsnet]
  • Jonathan Toews and Auston Matthews each get a pile of pucks and try to destroy everything in sight. [Yahoo]
  • The Vancouver Canucks’ Erik Gudbranson was mic’d up in Tuesday’s game versus the Minnesota Wild. Have a listen. [YouTube]
  • It’s time for fighting to be removed from the game of hockey. Or is it? [Five For Howling | Point | Counterpoint]
  • A Minnesota high-school goaltender is believed to have set a new state record, making 98 saves in a 12-0 loss on the weekend. [MN Hockey Hub]