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Wednesday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens are now more effective, and more entertaining

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Here are your daily links, including Claude Julien’s effect on Carey Price, Tomas Plekanec’s relentlessness, and Brent Sopel’s struggles with learning disabilities and alcohol.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Since Claude Julien’s takeover, Carey Price’s penalty kill numbers have jumped about 10 percentage points in just eight games, and the new bench boss’ system is resulting in hockey of a more entertaining variety for Habs fans. [TSN 690]
  • Tomas Plekanec doesn’t like to call in sick:
  • Martin Lemay has liked the recent lineup changes by Julien. [TSN 690]
  • Despite scoring the opening goal, Torrey Mitchell was feeling under the weather on Tuesday night. [Machabee]
  • Let us never forget. Or maybe we should try to forget about last year.
  • Marc Bergevin made few significant changes to his bottom six in the final hours before the trade deadline. Do the Canadiens have the pieces to string together a winning top nine? [EOTP]
  • Thanks to Claude Julien, the Canadiens are doing rather well on the breakout.
  • While Nikita Sherbak is showing signs of brilliance at both ends of the ice, Canadiens prospect Will Bitten has hit a production roadblock, but it’s no cause for concern. [EOTP]
  • Les Canadiennes stars Caroline Ouellette and Charline Labonté were on l’Antichambre last with their newly earned Clarkson Cup tagging along:

Around the league and elsewhere

  • As a child with an undiagnosed learning disability, Brent Sopel turned to hockey to drown out his thoughts of being inadequate. As a grown man, he would turn to alcohol for the same reasons. Now retired, Sopel uses these trials as the driving force behind his work with several organizations geared to assisting those with learning disabilities, while remaining active in the hockey community. [The Players’ Tribune]
  • What makes a Stanley Cup contender? Travis Yost might have an idea. [TSN]
  • In honor of the NHL’s 100th anniversary, CBC’s NHL 100 series takes a look back at some of the league’s greatest captains. [CBC]
  • Look out, Sidney Crosby. Some kid named Patrik Laine is coming for you.
  • How do we maximize entertainment and player potential? Take a look at obstruction calls. [Edmonton Journal]
  • “Wait, did his skate cross the line? Is it on the ice?! I can’t tell!” As frustrating as it may be to coaches, players and fans alike, there will not be any changes to the offside rule to disallow goals just yet.
  • At age 38, Florida Panther Olli Jokinen is hanging up his skates. [NHL]