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Friday Habs Headlines: Michael McCarron believes he's ready to play in the NHL

Here are your daily links, including Michael McCarron's hopes of making the jump to the NHL this season and Kirk Muller's return to the Habs bench.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Among the roster hopefuls looking to impress at Habs training camp is Michael McCarron, who now believes he is completely ready to play in the NHL. [La Presse]
  • Kirk Muller returns to the Canadiens’ bench with more experience under his belt, and those who played for him in both Carolina and St. Louis give rave reviews. [La Presse]
  • Marc Dumont joined The Morning Show on TSN 690 to discuss the Habs goaltending situation, including a possible solution to finding playing time for Zachary Fucale. Also on 690, how Max Pacioretty will benefit from his teammates. [TSN 690 | FucalePacioretty]
  • Having just missed the cut last year, Canadiens defensive prospect Noah Juulsen hopes to crack Team Canada’s World Junior roster this season. [RDS]
  • Construction is going well at Place Bell, which will be home to the AHL’s Laval Rocket beginning in 2017. [Twitter]
  • A few of the Habs had the chance to meet with their Canadiennes counterparts on Thursday. [Instagram | 12]
  • NHL hockey is just around the corner - check out all the photos and videos from the first day of Habs training camp. []
  • Take a look back at one of the most memorable games in Habs history - the 1984 "Battle of Good Friday" against the rival Quebec Nordiques. [La Sueur]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Team USA general manager Dean Lombardi made no apologies for leaving Phil Kessel off of his nation’s World Cup roster:
  • Scott Cullen identifies which player will be the centre of attention for each of the NHL’s 30 teams, with Shea Weber getting the nod for the Habs. [TSN]
  • Despite a likely blow to their ratings with the elimination of Team USA before the semi-finals, ESPN says the World Cup of Hockey has not been a failure. [Puck Daddy]
  • The CHL has released it’s pre-season top 10 rankings, with the QMJHL favourite Saint John Sea Dogs slotting just behind the top-ranked London Knights. [CHL]