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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens eager to leave 2017 behind them

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A new calendar year is as good a time as any to change the way the season is going. Also, taking a look at Pacioretty trade rumours, one injured player takes steps towards a return, while another remains with no ETA.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • After losing four straight to end 2017, the Habs hope a home stretch will kick off 2018 in a better tone. [Canadiens]
  • Amid trade winds, the possibility of a Max Pacioretty trade shouldn’t be seen as a bad thing, it could be beneficial for him and for Montreal if done right. [Sportsnet]
  • Pacioretty on how he keeps off-ice stories from affecting him.
  • The captain is still shooting a lot, and from good areas, but isn’t hitting the back of the net as much as he should. [Sean Tierney]
  • Al Montoya is back on the ice, meaning a return from injury is approaching. [La Presse]
  • Good news: Shea Weber doesn’t have a fracture in his foot. Bad news: he’s still out indefinitely. [JdM]
  • Nicolas Deslauriers was disappointed to be left aside on Saturday night, but says he understands Julien’s decision. [RDS]
  • The Shaw family is going to welcome a new member next summer. [Instagram]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Sedin twins have played their whole career together, and being the third wheel on a forward line with the brothers is no easy task. [Sportsnet]
  • Connor Hellebuyck has earned top honours in the NHL’s stars of the week. [NHL]
  • Scotty Bowman is enjoying his life in Florida. Stu Cowan catches up with the coaching legend. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Patrick Eaves is getting great support from Anaheim Ducks fans as he fights illness.
  • If you missed the PuckDrop Podcast with Broc Little from last year, check it out now and get to know one of Team USA’s Olympic picks for the upcoming games. [EOTP]
  • Jordan Greenway, another selection to Team USA, will break the colour barrier for the US at Olympic hockey events. [Sporting News]