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Saturday Habs Headlines: Montreal headed in right direction, but needs to improve the AHL-to-NHL pipeline

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Your daily links, looking at the Canadiens’ recent positive signs, the IceCaps familiar woes, what P.K. Subban would do if he was boss, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Despite a resounding loss in Calgary, Montreal has shown signs of the ship having turned back in the right direction. [NHL/Kevin Weekes]
  • Brendan Gallagher spills the beans on his training partner and pal Milan Lucic. [Canadiens]
  • Secondary scoring and depth offence is hard to come by for the Canadiens. [La Presse]
  • Once again, the St. John’s IceCaps are in danger of missing the playoffs, making the Habs’ AHL affiliate one of the least successful franchises in recent years. [La Presse]
  • With an estimate for next year’s financial situation, we’ve updated our visual tracker of the Canadiens’ salary cap. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Jakub Voracek calls NHL’s plan to avoid Olympics ‘absolutely ridiculous.’ [SB Nation]
  • Zach Werenski, who set a new Columbus Blue Jackets rookie points record, deserves more talk in the Calder Trophy conversation. [1st Ohio Battery]
  • Eric Duhatschek delves into the evolution of the NHL coach over the league’s existence. [The Globe & Mail]
  • P.K. Subban joins Bill Simmons on his podcast to talk about, among other things, what he would do if he were the commissioner. [Puck Daddy]
  • There are fewer and fewer reasons for the NHL to remain in Arizona. [Montreal Gazette]
  • A Pittsburgh Penguins fan made amazing use of an extra ticket, and “made the life” of a local homeless man. [Bar South N Celly]