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Friday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien expects to make the playoffs

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In today’s links, the Canadiens bench boss talks about expectations for his revamped team and opines on Max Domi and Alexander Romanov. Also, the best NHL players under age 23, and COVID-19 continues to affect the hockey world.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • After an eye-opening playoffs and eventful off-season, Claude Julien fully expects his team to make the playoffs. [Montreal Gazette | Sportsnet]
  • Will the Habs manage the pressures of expectation? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The coach also talked about how Max Domi became “a little bit expendable.” [Sportsnet | Montreal Gazette]
  • Julien is happy that a good portion of his team have secure contract situations. [La Presse]
  • Julien also thinks that it’s more likely than not that Alexander Romanov makes the team. [La Presse]
  • Perhaps most importantly, the Canadiens head coach is happy and in good health. [Radio-Canada]
  • Julien finally has the four-line team that he always wanted. [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A ranking of the best NHL players under the age of 23. [The Athletic]
  • Have your say: surveying fan confidence in their team’s front office. [The Athletic]
  • The NHL has postponed the 2021 Winter Classic and All-Star Game. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Looking at players off to hot starts in European league action. [The Hockey News]
  • A class action agreement reached between the QMJHL and former players has been rejected by Quebec Superior Court as too broad. [Radio-Canada]
  • Rising COVID-19 case numbers in Alberta are causing concern for the IIHF and Hockey Canada regarding the upcoming World Junior Championships. [TSN]
  • The PWHPA has landed a $1 million sponsorship deal with deodorant company Secret. [TSN]
  • Doc Emrick’s influence on the next generation of American play-by-play broadcasters. [ESPN]
  • The AHL is planning alternatives to their originally proposed December 4th start date. [ESPN]