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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Defence is Julien’s message, players on same page

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Your daily links, including the new coach’s focus on defence and puck possession, Alex Galchenyuk has a chance to start over with a new boss, and more.

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

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Claude Julien under pressure to turn around Alex Galchenyuk’s defensive game. [Sportsnet]
  • Brendan Gallagher joined Conor McKenna and crew for his Monday morning spot, he talks about the transition from one head coach to another. [TSN 690]
  • In fact defence will be a focus for the entire team, which should help loosen up the offense. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Habs’ look ready to forge ahead under the new coach’s system. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Julien wants his players to be focusing on what’s yet to come rather than what’s already happened. [NHL]
  • A look back at the impact Claude Julien can have with the right players on hand, using Patrice Bergeron’s puck possession as example. [RDS]
  • Does Claude Julien have an edge since he’s familiar with Montreal and their division rivals? Bob McKenzie doesn’t think so. [TSN 690]
  • Down Goes Brown thinks the Habs did well by getting Claude Julien, but holds Montreal off the top 5 Cup contending teams list for now. [Sportsnet]
  • Artturi Lehkonen compares the big ice, open skating in Sweden to the NHL’s tightly contested puck battles. [La Presse]
  • Seems as though Carey Price has plans to express his feelings towards the new goalie pants. [Eric Engels]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Bob McKenzie takes an honest look at hits to the head. [TSN]
  • “We have a trade to announce.” The Calgary Flames bolster their blue line by acquiring Michael Stone from the Arizona Coyotes. [NHL]
  • Jonathan Drouin put on a spectacular display at both ends of the ice, was physical, driven, and scored - and that’s just from one shift. [The Score]
  • The Dallas Stars made a gesture to Dave Strader in the broadcast booth, honouring his return to the mic. [NHL]
  • The NHL’s ‘week in slow motion’ series fails to get old, much like Jaromir Jagr. [NHL]
  • The Las Vegas Golden Knights could be an active team on trade deadline day. [Sportsnet]
  • Taking a look at an interesting chart breaking down distribution of players by age on each NHL team. [Matt Pfeffer]
  • Saturday night marked the return of the Grand Rapids Griffins’ LEGO stop-motion videos. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • A high school hockey team and their fans showed class to a visiting rival who lost one of its young talents. [Jackets Cannon]
  • KHL team Vityaz has transformed themselves from a ragtag bunch of goons into a playoff team. [KHL]
  • Luc Robitaille and the Los Angeles Kings are effectively going to begin running a German hockey team. [NHL]
  • Meet Mark Simon, the Canadian banker preaching hockey in China. [Vice Sports]
  • The 2017 IIHF Global Girls Game took place this weekend from New Zealand to Toronto. A huge success, it generated lots of excellent photos. [Facebook]