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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Shea Weber is too slow for the game, the game is too fast for Bobby Orr

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In today's links, the Canadiens announce a new AHL affiliate for the 2017-18 season, players and prospects share their knowledge with young players, and the game has gotten too fast for both Shea Weber and Bobby Orr.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Canadiens announced that their AHL affiliate, currently playing in St. John's, will move to Laval for the 2017-18 season and beyond. [Canadiens.com]
  • A contest is being held to name the new team, and fans are invited to submit their ideas. [EOTP]
  • With NHL teams bringing their AHL affiliates closer to their base of operations, some of the smallest markets are having to say goodbye to their only professional team. The city of St. John's, Newfoundland is one such city. [The Telegram]
  • The city, which had already seen another AHL team — that of the Winnipeg Jets — leave before the Canadiens moved into town, is determined to find a new dance partner. [St. John's IceCaps]
  • The ECHL is seeing a shake-up, as well, with the Brampton Beast receiving some new divisional rivals for 2016-17. [Brampton Beast]
  • Shea Weber was once an elite defenceman in the NHL, but the last few years, and a move to more of a speed game in the league, have not been kind to the physical defenceman. [RDS.ca (French)]
  • Charles Hudon co-hosted his annual golf tournament yesterday, with proceeds going to help young athletes achieve their dreams. [Twitter]
  • Michael McCarron was a player to look up to — quite literally — for young players getting instructions from the 6'6" prospect yesterday:
  • The Canadiens will be hosting a girls' hockey school this August, and several member of both the Canadiens and Les Canadiennes will be taking part. [Canadiens.com]
  • Geoff Molson believes the Canadiens are a better team after the Subban-Weber trade. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The 24 cases that are currently set for salary arbitration this summer will get underway on July 20 and run until August 4, pending agreements being made beforehand, of course. [NHLPA.com]
  • With Eric Lindros about to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame, Gare Joyce offers a biography on one of the most imposing offensive players to play the game. [Sportsnet]
  • The speed of the game of hockey is rising to a dangerous level, and steps need to be taken to slow down the pace in the neutral zone, according to eight-time Norris Trophy-winner Bobby Orr. [Today's Slapshot]
  • Kyle Okposo sent a message to the New York Islanders fans he's leaving behind to join the Buffalo Sabres organization. [The Players' Tribune]
  • A new team in Las Vegas means that the club will have no rivalries when it begins play a season from now. Which current teams are the best candidates to have the fiercest battles with the expansion club? [VegasIsHockey.com]
  • SB Nation's Chicago Blackhawks blog breaks down the opinions, and misconceptions, fans have of the team's coach and general manager. [Second City Hockey]
  • Tactalytics: Using data to inform tactical offensive zone decisions [Hockey-Graphs.com]