Saturday Habs Headlines: Good vibrations at Claude Julien’s first practice

Your daily links, including the new coach’s first appearance, who stands to benefit from Julien’s hiring, what’s next for Marc Bergevin, and more.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Claude Julien took charge of his first practice with Montreal since 2006. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Practice had a generally positive vibe, which is nice to see for the Habs. [TSN]
  • The new coach got a reminder of just how hockey-mad the fans of the team can be in the team’s public skate. []
  • Jeff Petry tells the media what Julien told the team about their first game together. [Dan Robertson]
  • Alex Galchenyuk skated on the top unit on Friday, and addressed the media afterwards. [NHL]
  • The young American is the player who might have the most to gain from the coaching change. [TSN]
  • Another US-born player who could get even better is Max Pacioretty. [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price commented on the feeling surrounding the team’s first on-ice session with their new bench boss:/
  • The Habs have the talent it takes to win, and could have just been missing structure to take their team to the next level. [TSN 690]
  • Claude Julien could use his experience with Brad Marchand to get Brendan Gallagher going again. [RDS]
  • The Canadiens will have to bring their A game if they want to buck the trend of teams losing in their first game back from their bye week. [La Presse]
  • Blake Wheeler trains with Max Pacioretty during the summer. Here’s what the Jets’ forward had to say about Montreal’s captain. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • With everyone weighing in on the dismissal of Michel Therrien, one person we’ve not heard from is St. John’s IceCaps head coach Sylvain Lefebvre. [TVA Sports]
  • Marc Bergevin may already be cooking up his next big move. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Something else on the GM’s plate will be the extending of Alexander Radulov’s contract. [TSN Bobcast]
  • Radulov has become one of the best playmakers in the NHL this season. [The Score]
  • My head is still spinning from the week’s news, let alone the addition of actual midway rides. [Dan Robertson]/
  • Les Canadiennes’ forwards Ann-Sophie Bettez and Sarah Lefort show off in the team’s newest Skills Video. [Les Canadiennes YouTube]
  • Bettez, Lefort and crew will be facing a tough challenge against the Calgary Inferno to close out the regular season. [TVA Sports]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Bruce Boudreau has turned the Minnesota Wild into a PDO monster, but that just seems par for the course for coach Boudreau. [TSN]
  • He still has a lot of hockey left in him, but after reaching the 1,000-point plateau, it’s time to start wondering where Sidney Crosby ranks among all-time greats. [TSN]
  • You can’t give that much time and space to Jaromir Jagr, a lesson brought to you by Josh Manson and John Gibson of the Anaheim Ducks. [Cats on the Prowl]/
  • The NHLPA is looking into Antoine Vermette’s suspension. [Renaud Lavoie]/
  • A Seattle investor believes the city will get an NHL team before it gets an NBA team. [Sportsnet]
  • Former Czech player Josef Augusta has passed away after a battle with cancer. [IIHF]
  • A Polish musician is reviving the pipe organ at Amalie Arena in Tampa Bay. [Raw Charge]
  • A highly competitive GTHL player is facing the possibility of walking away from the game to focus on her studies. [The Athletic]/

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