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Friday Habs Headlines: Michael Chaput is seizing his chance

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In today’s links, Michael Chaput is making the most of his NHL opportunity, wondering what can be done about the Habs’ special teams, and how Ovechkin and Stamkos changed power plays around the league.

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NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Michael Chaput is seizing his shot with the Habs. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Martin Biron says that Claude Julien was sending a message by pulling Antti Niemi and sending in Carey Price after the seventh Minnesota Wild goal. [La Presse]
  • The Canadiens need to do something about their catastrophic special teams. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Corey Pronman gives his final grades for how teams performed in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Are NHL teams finally realizing that bunkering in the third period invites doom? [TSN]
  • How has Ken Hitchcock changed the Edmonton Oilers? [Sportsnet]
  • A brief history of players being told that they wouldn’t be traded... and then were traded. [The Athletic]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs’ first ever “mom’s trip” means something special to Auston and Ema Matthews. [The Athletic]
  • How Alex Ovechkin and Steven Stamkos have changed how power plays are run across the league. [NHL.com]
  • Kaapo Kakko is looking to win for the Finns at the World Juniors. [IIHF.com]
  • A Texas teenager has been suspended indefinitely by USA Hockey for using his stick to attack a defenceless prone opponent. [Yahoo!]
  • You can’t even be mad: