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

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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. [NHL.com]
  • 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]