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Friday Habs Headlines: Taking after the coach

In today’s links, the Laval Rocket are taking after their first-season bench boss, the Rocket are starting to bond with their home community, and Connor McDavid’s dominance continues to draw press.

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Syracuse Crunch v Laval Rocket - Game Three Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Laval Rocket are taking on coach J.-F. Houle’s personality. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The Rocket’s homegrown talent are beginning to forge a bond with their home fans. [Montreal Gazette]
  • What has been the Rocket’s recipe for success? [Journal de Montreal]
  • Was it familiarity — the fact that he had already spent three years around the Habs — that made it easier to write off Cayden Primeau? [La Presse]
  • What can non-playoff teams — including the Canadiens — learn from this year’s Stanley Cup contenders? [The Athletic]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by eight Canadian Hockey League players, including members of Canada’s gold medal-winning 2017-18 World Junior team, has agreed to drop a lawsuit against the players, Hockey Canada, and the CHL after reaching a settlement. [TSN]
  • Hilary Knight takes control: Her identity, her dreams, and the fight for what’s next. [The Athletic]
  • Connor McDavid is putting on one of the most dominant playoff performances we’ve ever seen. [The Athletic]
  • Mike Smith, on the other hand, is an agent of chaos. [ESPN]
  • Could Kirk Muller be a candidate for the Philadelphia Flyers’ vacant head coaching position? [Broad Street Buzz]
  • Ben Chiarot’s acquisition did not have the desired results for the Florida Panthers. [RDS]
  • Sizing up the Tampa Bay Lightning’s pursuit of a three-peat. [The Hockey News]
  • How much information can actually be gleaned by bench presses and grueling bike tests? A study from the University of Guelph says that some exercises may be a lot more predictive of future success than others. [The Hockey News]