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Friday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien — “The best way to move forward is to do the best we can.”

In today’s links, winning is the Canadiens’ head coach’s top priority, debating who the Habs would pick at #9, and highlighting Litvinov, a unique hockey factory in the Ore Mountains.

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Montreal Canadiens v Florida Panthers Photo by Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien would love to have Alexis Lafrenière, but he has his sights on winning games, not lotteries. [TSN | Sportsnet]
  • The presence of the lottery does present an unusual dilemma for Julien, to be sure. [The Athletic]
  • If NHL head coaches are mandated to wear masks behind the bench, the Canadiens bench boss is fully on-board. [CTV News]
  • Julien says that the team’s younger players will be well served by the playoff qualifiers. [CBC]
  • Who should the Habs draft if they wind up with the ninth overall selection? [The Athletic]
  • The Finns are coming.

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The NHL is inching closer to a CBA agreement with the NHLPA. [TSN]
  • Oskar Lindblom has completed his treatment for Ewing’s sarcoma. [Sportsnet]
  • The biggest free agent signings for the last 10 years. [The Hockey News]
  • What is the best line that Lafrenière could find himself on next year? [Sportsnet]
  • What sort of home-ice advantage would the hub city teams actually have? [The Faceoff Circle]
  • Looking at the impact of a flat salary cap. [Sportsnet]
  • How Eric Lindros helped the Colorado Avalanche win two Stanley Cups. [Sportsnet]
  • Another mock draft for the Seattle franchise. [The Athletic]
  • Stories from Litvinov: the Czech player factory that you’ve never heard of. [The Athletic]