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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien feels he’s become a better coach during this difficult season

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In today’s links, Julien has seen some personal growth in a failed season, McCarron and Carr making final impressions before restricted free agency, the Rocket Richard race may have been neutered, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien feels this season has made him a better coach. [RDS | Google Translate]
  • Yesterday, Julien wished a happy 70th birthday to Bobby Orr, whom he looked up to when growing up. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Eric Engels argues that if Carey Price is able, there’s no reason for him not to be playing games. [Sportsnet]
  • Michael McCarron and Daniel Carr, both heading toward restricted free agency, are simply doing their best to show the Canadiens that they deserve to have their contracts extended. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • With Patrik Laine and Alex Ovechkin duking it out for the Rocket Richard Trophy, a look at some of the best goal-scoring races over the years that have gone down to the wire. [Sportsnet]
  • Unfortunately, this year’s race may have come to a premature end with an injury to the Finnish star last night. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • Marc-Andre Fleury deserves a spot in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [Journal de Montreal]
  • After two days of deliberations, the general managers’ recommendation for goaltender interference challenges is to have them handled by the Situation Room in Toronto and not by the in-arena referees. [TSN]
  • Cassie Campbell-Pascal has stepped down from her position as governor of the CWHL. [Sportsnet]