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Saturday Habs Headlines: Good vibrations at Claude Julien’s first practice

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Your daily links, including the new coach’s first appearance, who stands to benefit from Julien’s hiring, what’s next for Marc Bergevin, and more.

Montreal Canadiens Practice Session & Media Availability Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Claude Julien took charge of his first practice with Montreal since 2006. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Practice had a generally positive vibe, which is nice to see for the Habs. [TSN]
  • The new coach got a reminder of just how hockey-mad the fans of the team can be in the team’s public skate. [NHL.com]
  • Jeff Petry tells the media what Julien told the team about their first game together. [Dan Robertson]
  • Alex Galchenyuk skated on the top unit on Friday, and addressed the media afterwards. [NHL]
  • The young American is the player who might have the most to gain from the coaching change. [TSN]
  • Another US-born player who could get even better is Max Pacioretty. [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price commented on the feeling surrounding the team’s first on-ice session with their new bench boss:
  • The Habs have the talent it takes to win, and could have just been missing structure to take their team to the next level. [TSN 690]
  • Claude Julien could use his experience with Brad Marchand to get Brendan Gallagher going again. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens will have to bring their A game if they want to buck the trend of teams losing in their first game back from their bye week. [La Presse]
  • Blake Wheeler trains with Max Pacioretty during the summer. Here’s what the Jets’ forward had to say about Montreal’s captain. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • With everyone weighing in on the dismissal of Michel Therrien, one person we’ve not heard from is St. John’s IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. [TVA Sports]
  • Marc Bergevin may already be cooking up his next big move. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Something else on the GM’s plate will be the extending of Alexander Radulov’s contract. [TSN Bobcast]
  • Radulov has become one of the best playmakers in the NHL this season. [The Score]
  • My head is still spinning from the week’s news, let alone the addition of actual midway rides. [Dan Robertson]
  • Les Canadiennes’ forwards Ann-Sophie Bettez and Sarah Lefort show off in the team’s newest Skills Video. [Les Canadiennes YouTube]
  • Bettez, Lefort and crew will be facing a tough challenge against the Calgary Inferno to close out the regular season. [TVA Sports]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Bruce Boudreau has turned the Minnesota Wild into a PDO monster, but that just seems par for the course for coach Boudreau. [TSN]
  • He still has a lot of hockey left in him, but after reaching the 1,000-point plateau, it’s time to start wondering where Sidney Crosby ranks among all-time greats. [TSN]
  • You can’t give that much time and space to Jaromir Jagr, a lesson brought to you by Josh Manson and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. [Cats on the Prowl]
  • The NHLPA is looking into Antoine Vermette’s suspension. [Renaud Lavoie]
  • A Seattle investor believes the city will get an NHL team before it gets an NBA team. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Czech player Josef Augusta has passed away after a battle with cancer. [IIHF]
  • A Polish musician is reviving the pipe organ at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. [Raw Charge]
  • A highly competitive GTHL player is facing the possibility of walking away from the game to focus on her studies. [The Athletic]