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Thursday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien is keeping all options open to preserve his health

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In today’s links, the Canadiens’ head coach is preparing for the possibility of having to coach from a distance, or even step away from the qualification round entirely if he feels his health would be at risk.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The coaches will be the most vulnerable members of the teams set for a post-season during a pandemic. Claude Julien is prepared to pull out of the competition if he feels his health is in jeopardy. [The Athletic | TSN]
  • After earlier reports that Matt Murray would be tagged for the starting role in the qualification series versus Montreal, the goaltender is confident that role will be his. [NHL.com]
  • A look at Nick Suzuki’s workout routine at home in London:
  • The Canadiens were the NHL’s busiest team in 2019-20 in terms of plays made per minute. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Montreal Stars netminder Kim St-Pierre will be the first female goaltender in the Hockey Hall of Fame. [EOTP]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • St-Pierre is joined by Jarome Iginla, Marian Hossa, Kevin Lowe, Doug Wilson, and Ken Holland in the 2020 HHoF class. [NHL.com]
  • When will Canadiens legend Sergei Gonchar get his nomination to join them? [The Athletic]
  • The process of designing and building the Calgary Flames’ new arena has been set in motion. [Sportsnet]
  • Positive coronavirus tests forced the Tampa Bay Lightning to close their practice facilities, but the team has now been cleared to resume. [NBC Sports]
  • It turns out that Vancouver’s medical experts may not be so keen on having the city be an NHL hub after all. [Sportsnet]