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In today’s links, reasons to be optimistic about the Canadiens, tinkering with the power play, and COVID-19 disrupts the Dallas Stars’ season.

NHL: JAN 04 Canadiens Training Camp Photo by David Kirouac/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Although head coach Claude Julien cautioned against being too critical ahead of the first intra-squad game, there was a lot to be liked in terms of on-ice performances. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite the curfew that has been set in Quebec, the Montreal Canadiens have been given permission to play home games. [Global News]
  • Canadiens fans can be optimistic about the team’s future, mainly due to GM Marc Bergevin’s focus on youth and skill. [CBC]
  • Claude Julien can also tinker with his power play units a bit more thanks to some key off-season acquisitions. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Sister site Silver Seven talked to our own Matt Drake to get a sense of how the Canadiens will look this season. [Silver Seven]
  • Check out the Canadiens upcoming regional broadcast schedule right here. [TSN]
  • What are you thoughts on the club’s new “reverse retro” jerseys? [NHL]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • After players on the Dallas Stars tested positive for COVID-19, the NHL has decided to postpone the start to their season. [Sportsnet]
  • The all-Canadian division may end up being a double-edged sword for the teams’ Stanley Cup aspirations. [TSN]
  • Here’s a quick update on some of the rules changes that will be implemented during the upcoming season. [ESPN]
  • The New Jersey Devils will have to make do with the absence of Corey Crawford. [NHL]
  • Here are some head coaches who are in danger of being replaced next season. [The Score]