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Sunday Habs Headlines: Jakub Jerabek is eager to prove himself, but knows there will be challenges

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In today’s links, Jerabek talks about making the team, Byron tries a different kind of skating, using technology to win the Cup, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Jakub Jerabek knows he has a lot to offer, but is prepared for the adjustments he’ll have to make to play in the NHL. [NHL.com (Czech) | TVA Sports | Google Translate]
  • Paul Byron and his family spent their day on Saturday skateboarding with Tony Hawk. [Canadiens.com]
  • Joni Ikonen’s game was on display in the Liiga pre-season, even if he wasn’t able to get on the scoresheet:
  • The Canadiens will be opening two team-themed restaurants, named 1909 Taverne Moderne, at the venues of their NHL and AHL teams in the fall. [Eater.com]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • In Yahoo! Sports’ alternate history series, a look at how things would have been different had the Nashville Predators not matched the Philadelphia Flyers’ offer sheet for Shea Weber. [Puck Daddy]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins head coach Mike Sullivan credits near-real-time bench replay technology for giving them an edge on the way to a second consecutive Stanley Cup championship. [Boston Globe]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have been quietly amassing some of the league’s top young talent. Now general manager Ron Francis is eager to see that turn into a playoff berth. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • Jack Eichel could receive a large contract extension before the 2017-18 season begins, but he’s more concerned with getting the Buffalo Sabres back to a competitive level. [Lowell Sun]
  • Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl have already received their eight-year deals. A look at how that will impact the roster over the next few seasons. [Copper and Blue]
  • After reopening their general manager roles as salaried positions, the CWHL has announced that Jessica Martino will be the GM of the Boston Blades. This comes after the two Chinese teams — the Vanke Rays and Kunlun Red Star — filled their GM positions a few days prior. [CWHL]
  • The moves come none too soon, as the CWHL will be holding its annual draft today. Read up on the top players available. [CWHL]
  • They were very good in the World Juniors. Now John Tavares and Jordan Eberle will have a chance to redevelop that chemistry with the New York Islanders. [Sportsnet]
  • The NHL allows teams to protect the value of their young prospects with a comprehensive set of restricted free agency rules. Why is there nothing similar to keep college players from simply walking away from the club that drafted them? [Defending Big D]
  • Mikko Koivu released a statement following a fatal attack in his hometown of Turku on Friday. [Sportsnet]