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Sunday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien — “I’m back where I belong“

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In today’s links, much more on Julien’s return to the Canadiens, observations from his first game, deadline decisions around the NHL, and more.

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

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Julien was asked how it felt to be back in Montreal:
  • He’s not the only one who feels that way:
  • Before he returned to where he belongs, he had to leave the place that had become home. [Boston Globe]
  • With all the attention on the new head honcho, Sportsnet sat down to speak with associate coach Kirk Muller. [Sportsnet]
  • Even though they lost the game, there were some positives to take from the matchup with the Winnipeg Jets. [NHL.com]
  • Andrei Markov had already hit a major assists milestone within the organization this season, and yesterday tied another Habs legend in a different category. [Heather Engel]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Habs prospect Nikolas Koberstein’s University of Alaska-Fairbanks teammate, and third-string goalie, Niko DellaMaggiore, has been suspended for his role in an on-ice brawl, and he hasn’t recorded a single minute of playing time this season. [SB Nation College Hockey]
  • The cellar-dwellers of the NHL usually spend the latter half of the season dreaming of landing the top-ranked prospect, but the Colorado Avalanche may want to pass on Nolan Patrick in favour of defenceman Timothy Liljegren. [Mile High Hockey]
  • Whether 2015’s #1 overall selection gets $9.7 million per year or $97 million over eight years, it will be a fair contract. [Copper & Blue]
  • Gare Joyce offers a look at the life of an NHL scout. [New York Times]
  • Trevor van Riemsdyk speaks about the honour it is to represent the Chicago Blackhawks, along with brother James, in the NHL’s You Can Play campaign. [Second City Hockey]
  • The IIHF’s Global Girls’ Game is taking place this weekend. Women of all ages from around the globe are competing, Starting in New Zealand, traveling through Africa, and ending in Toronto. [IIHF.com]
  • Which players held by the lowly Detroit Red Wings could be flipped for future assets before the trade deadline? [Winging It in Motown]