Saturday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien making a difference already, on and off the ice

Your daily links, including the refreshing change that is Claude Julien, the Habs bouncing back, lots of Clarkson Cup previews, and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Carey Price has gotten his groove back, and that’s a great sign for the Habs. [La Presse]
  • Defence has tightened up altogether since Claude Julien’s arrival, and now the head coach will focus more effort on improving his team’s scoring. [RDS]
  • And in English, Arpon Basu speaks to the revival of Carey Price and the Canadiens’ defence. [NHL]
  • The coach spoke openly about his systems, something which was never done under Michel Therrien. [Arpon Basu]
  • The Canadiens will begin their second-longest road trip of the season, and the timing couldn’t be better, what with all the new faces in the group. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Among new players, Jordie Benn has already begun to show what he can do for the Canadiens, stabilizing their defensive depth. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Claude Julien says he wants to be able to see what all the newly acquired players can do. [Journal de Montréal]
  • Bob McKenzie joined the morning show to talk about P.K.’s return and the Habs’ odds of a long playoff run. [TSN 690]
  • Steve Ott has moved from one Original Six franchise to another, and he’s already getting to appreciate Montreal’s history. [Montreal Gazette]
  • IceCaps insider Ryan Howell gets to know new blue-liner Keegan Lowe. [St. John’s IceCaps]
  • Chris Terry’s contract was extended on Friday. [EOTP]
  • Sunday is the Clarkson Cup Final, pitting Les Canadiennes against last year’s champions, the Calgary Inferno. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Get to know what makes both finalists’ offence so good. [Pension Plan Puppets]
  • Part of Montreal’s potent offence is Ann-Sophie Bettez, the most dominant player you’ve probably never heard of. [EOTP]
  • If you live in Montreal and want to check out the Clarkson Cup in Ottawa, there’s an affordable fan bus with seats still available! [CKUT]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • P.K. Subban shares a special friendship with Montreal chef Antonio Park. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Subban and the city of Montreal also have a mutual kinship. [Vice Sports]
  • Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts examine what trades may have been left on the table this past deadline day. [Sportsnet]
  • Dave Lozo examines top Cup-contending teams after the deadline. [Vice Sports]
  • Josh Ho-Sang, no stranger to controversy, has once again become the topic of the day thanks to his sweater number offending fans of the Penguins and Mario Lemieux. [Puck Daddy]
  • There’s a way to make a small change to penalty shots that could have a more fair impact on the game. [Fear the Fin]
  • A YouTuber has jumped on the tribute video bandwagon and made a stirring presentation to honour Mark Streit’s time with the Tampa Bay Lightning. [Nick Vucic]
  • After the second year of a two-year deal expires with Ottawa, will the CWHL Final be on the move for 2018? [The Ice Garden]/

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