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Saturday Habs Headlines: Luxury of Carey Price makes assessment of Canadiens a difficult task

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Here are your daily links, including the "downside" to having a world-class goaltender, Roman Hamrlik making the most of his retirement, and a reported increase in the salary cap for next season.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • While nobody would turn down the opportunity to have Carey Price in goal, it seems as if having that luxury has prevented the Canadiens from being able to truly assess the makeup of their roster and build a team accordingly. [MSG]
  • Roman Hamrlik, who spent four seasons with the Canadiens, has certainly been enjoying his retirement while living in Montreal. [Canadiens.com]
  • The Canadiens' ECHL-affiliate Brampton Beast have acquired the rights to defenceman Chris Owens, who last played for the Missouri Mavericks. [The Telegram]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • According to a report by Renaud Lavoie, the NHL and NHLPA will agree to a five percent increase in the salary cap for next season, setting the cap between 73 and 74 million dollars. [TVA Sports]
  • If the NHL hopes to get television ratings back up, it needs to become more entertaining. Perhaps the best way to do that is making a real effort to increase scoring. [The Star]
  • Glen Gulutzan has been named as the new head coach of the Calgary Flames, replacing Bob Hartley. Gulutzan has spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach with the Vancouver Canucks. [TSN]
  • James Mirtle tells the tale of how Auston Matthews went from growing up on rinks in sunny Arizona to the top prospect in all of hockey. [Globe and Mail]
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have hired Brad Shaw as an assistant coach for John Tortorella's coaching staff, hoping he can help in the development of their young defencemen. [Puck Daddy]