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Saturday Habs Headlines: Working on “the little details” will put Montreal in post-season contention

In today’s links, the coach seeks a bit more from his players, new additions make their impressions, the RFA situation gets a big resolution, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens v Winnipeg Jets

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien believes the key to making the post-season is more attention to the finer points of the game. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Ben Chiarot was a physical presence on the first day of training camp. [Sportsnet]
  • Shea Weber makes that impression every single day. [Canadiens.com]
  • Karl Alzner and Charlie Lindgren have an important few weeks ahead of them. [RDS]
  • Pierre LeBrun spoke with Marc Bergevin about the GM’s tenure in Montreal. [The Athletic]
  • Despite adding muscle mass this summer, Jesperi Kotkaniemi is still his spritely self:
  • As the Canadiens blue-chip prospects draw most of the attention, don’t forget about free-agent signee Otto Leskinen. [The Athletic]
  • If you missed them yesterday, these are the lines the Canadiens are currently testing at training camp. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The players discuss which division will be the toughest this season. [The Western Star]
  • They also share their thoughts on this summer’s RFA situation. [The Athletic]
  • The biggest domino has fallen, as Mitch Marner has signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Sportsnet]
  • Marner’s deal is chock full of signing bonuses, and that’s one of the things the NHL and NHLPA are mentioning in CBA discussions. [The Athletic]
  • Stan Mikita, who suffered from dementia in his final years of life, had Stage 3 CTE. [TSN]
  • Dustin Byfuglien has been granted a leave of absence from the Winnipeg Jets. [CBC]
  • Julius Honka wants to get an opportunity elsewhere, and has requested a trade from the Dallas Stars. [Defending Big D]
  • A beleaguered Blackhawks defence will be missing the services of Calvin de Haan for the opening weeks of the season. [Second City Hockey]