Saturday Habs Headlines: Canadiens still sliding, but there’s hope for change

Your daily links, including more analysis of the Canadiens’ troubles, some signs that the Julien effect is forthcoming, Les Canadiennes impressive playoff start, and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The season’s end is approaching, and with every game played, the Canadiens have less time to turn their ship around. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite the lack of results in the standings, there is hope that the coaching change is slowly having an effect. [Andrew Berkshire]/
  • Is it time for the Habs to blow up the core group and rebuild on the fly? [TSN 690]
  • Claude Julien may or may not proceed with changes to the lineup before Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Arpon Basu]
  • The always humble Brendan Gallagher admits he’s still not 100% recovered from his broken hand, but won’t use that as an excuse for his lower production. [Arpon Basu]/
  • Prospect goaltender Michael McNiven is continuing to show exemplary results in the OHL. [Owen Sound Attack]/
  • Montreal’s ECHL affiliate, the Brampton Beast, made a couple of minor roster moves. [Brampton Beast]/
  • The Beast’s netminder, Zach Fucale, was a top junior player, and now is looking to establish himself in the professional ranks. [ECHL]
  • Les Canadiennes kicked off their best-of-three semifinal series against the Brampton Thunder with a 7-1 victory. [Les Canadiennes]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Elliotte Friedman weighs in on a nixed Kevin Shattenkirk trade. [FanRag Sports]
  • One trade which was successful was the Chicago Blackhawks’ acquisition of Tomas Jurco. [Chicago Blackhawks]
  • Brian Bickell is about to play in his first professional hockey game since being diagnosed with MS. [ESPN]
  • More news is starting to surface about the Islanders’ plans for a new building. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Arizona Coyotes also may need a new home, and their plans are going the opposite direction. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The NHL 100 series takes a look at the longest suspension in league history, dished to the Bruins’ Billy Coutu. [Sports Illustrated]
  • This week, I’ve seen a tennis tournament using dogs as ball-boys. I’ve also now seen the KHL have a dog drop the ceremonial faceoff puck at a playoff game. [Puck Daddy]
  • An NCAA goaltender for Quinnipiac is alergic to ice. That’s right, a hockey player alergic to ice. [Vice Sports]/

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