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Friday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien expects to make the playoffs

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]