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Sunday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien isn’t ruling out Victor Mete claiming a roster spot

In today’s links, a rookie defenceman shows off his game, a veteran blue-liner is still searching for his, another wave of cuts, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Victor Mete has been drawing comparisons to Torey Krug from the Canadiens coach and captain alike, and Claude Julien is not ruling out the possibility that Mete claims a spot on the team. [Le Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is getting used to playing with a new centreman, and that chemistry is taking a while to establish itself. [Le Journal de Montreal]
  • It’s taking some time for Karl Alzner to adjust as well:
  • The Canadiens made four more cuts last night, with the potential for some players to be placed on waivers at noon today. [EOTP]
  • We compiled the list of injured players in the Canadiens organization, with the latest details and prognoses. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Winnipeg Jets have been taking too many penalties in recent seasons, so they’ve enlisted the help of a former referee to rectify that problem. [Sportsnet]
  • A look at the new and not-so-new coaches in the NHL this season. [ABC News]
  • An early look at the 2018 NHL Draft class. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • The NHL has decided to let up a bit on its crackdown of slashing and faceoff infractions. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Department of Player Safety is just ramping up operations:
  • After the Joffrey Lupul saga earlier this week, it seems Marian Hossa is also getting a second opinion on the equipment allergy that threatens to end his career. [Chicago Sun-Times]
  • NBC invested a lot of resources into Winter Olympics coverage, and now has no NHL players to show during the hockey tournamet. The network’s response? It will show no NHL games while the Olympics are taking place. [New York Post]
  • NHL players aren’t holding back their displeasure at not being allowed to go to the Games in South Korea. [Sporting News]
  • Looking back at Manon Rheaume’s NHL debut, which happened 25 years ago today. [Sportsnet]