Friday Habs Headlines: Claude Julien putting his stamp on a faster, younger team

In today’s links, the Habs coach is putting his trademark on this year’s version of the team, there are nothing but positives from the loss to Toronto, and speculation heats up surrounding Matthews and Nylander’s contract situations.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Claude Julien is putting his stamp on a younger, faster Habs team, and has set the Canadiens on course to surprise this season. [Montreal Gazette|Sportsnet]
  • Wednesday’s game vs. the Toronto Maple Leafs was a loss that felt like a win. [RDS]
  • The culture change is already evident, one game into the season. [La Presse]
  • The old Carey Price was on display as well. [RDS]
  • Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s debut was a successful one, as he became the first player born in the 2000s to play in one of the four major North American sports leagues. [La Presse|CBC|The Athletic]
  • Two equipment bags, belonging to Tomas Plekanec and Karl Alzner, sat in the locker room unused after the game at the Scotiabank Arena, a stark symbol that this year was going to be handled differently. [The Athletic]
  • Andrew Shaw dedicated his goal on Wednesday vs. Toronto to his baby daughter Andy. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • “At Death’s Door” - Lyle Odelein is a medical miracle after surviving a coma, a multi-organ transplant, and paralysis. [The Athletic]
  • Cayden Primeau is on the pre-season watch list of potential candidates for this year’s Mike Richter Award for best NCAA goaltender. [SBN College Hockey]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Brad Marchand took offence at Lars Eller’s post-goal celebration, and decided to take measures into his own hands by jumping the Dane. [TSN]
  • Mark Scheifele reflects on last year’s playoff run, but says you “haven’t done anything until you’ve won a Stanley Cup.” [TSN]
  • Will Auston Matthews’ extension be in the 12.5 million dollar range? [TSN (Video)]
  • Andrew Berkshire ranks the league’s top 20 right wingers over the last three seasons. [Sportsnet]
  • “I have to take care of myself”, says William Nylander when asked about contract negotiations. [Sportsnet]
  • Can the Washington Capitals repeat as Stanley Cup champions? [ESPN]
  • Willie O’Ree was inspired by Jackie Robinson. []
  • Devante Smith-Pelly has his sights set on changing hockey for the better. [ESPN]
  • James Mirtle asks, why did the Leafs look like such a mess in game 1? [The Athletic]
  • When it rains, it pours for the Ottawa Senators./

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