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

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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.

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]