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Sunday Habs Headlines: Conversations between Claude Julien and Alex Galchenyuk paying dividends as season winds down

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In today’s links, the relationship between Julien and Galchenyuk, Price nears a return, players honour Plekanec, and more.

Montreal Canadiens Practice Session & Media Availability Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien is seeing Alex Galchenyuk at full health for the first time, and the coaching he offered — and also that Galchenyuk requested — is showing up in a rapidly evolving two-way game. [La Presse | Google Translate]
  • Carey Price may be back between the pipes as early as next week:
  • Several Canadiens players paid homage to Tomas Plekanec by wearing his trademark turtleneck in the pre-game warm-up last night:
  • The home of the late J. Ambrose O’Brien, former owner of the Canadiens, has been turned into a hotel. [Ottawa Citizen]
  • The Laval Rocket may not be having much success on the ice, but they have been having a significant impact in the community in their inaugural season. [AHL.com]
  • Ryan Poehling’s between-the-legs goal was voted the top play in the NCHC this season. [NCHC]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Why Nikita Kucherov shouldn’t be in the Hart Trophy conversation. [Sportsnet]
  • A game-by-game breakdown of how William Nylander has been performing in the centre position. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Looking back not so long ago to when Renla Hovi rushed back to Winnpeg after competing in the Olympics to assist on the University of Manitoba’s winner in quadruple overtime: