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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Back to Beantown for Claude Julien

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In today’s links, Claude Julien hopes for a warm welcome as he returns to Boston, Jonathan Drouin is (for now) back on the wing, and trade rumours start percolating as we approach the Trade Deadline.

Montreal Canadiens v Vancouver Canucks

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien is hoping for a warm reception as he returns to Boston. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Should Phillip Danault be signed long term? [RDS]
  • ICYMI: Claude Julien’s practice lines — specifically, Jacob de la Rose centering Alex Galchenyuk and Jonathan Drouin — raised some eyebrows. [EOTP]
  • Arpon Basu explains the coach’s rationale. [Arpon Basu]
  • Joni Ikonen showed off his improved post-WJC form for KalPa yesterday. [Patrik Bexell]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • John Tavares wants to stay on Long Island. [Sportsnet]
  • Fighting is way down in the NHL this season. [TSN]
  • Elliotte Friedman notes that defencemen are flooding the market ahead of the Trade Deadline this year. [Sportsnet]
  • The price for Evander Kane is up to four assets. [TSN]
  • Thomas Vanek is transitioning from cast-off to mentor and valuable trade chip for the Vancouver Canucks. [Sportsnet]
  • Jussi Jokinen has been placed on waivers by the Los Angeles Kings. [TSN]
  • Down Goes Brown introduces the NHL All-Time Snub Squad. [Sportsnet]
  • Martin Biron offers his take on offside reviews. [Martin Biron]
  • Sweden has released its preliminary roster for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. [Robert Söderlind]
  • The Champions Hockey League Final will feature Elias Petterson and the Växjö Lakers versus Joonas Nattinen’s JYP Jyväskylä. [Patrik Bexell]