Friday Habs Headlines: Crucial games coming up for the Canadiens

In today’s links, how the Habs are treating a group of upcoming games as “must-wins” heading into the All-Star break, Phillip Danault’s performance is vindicating the general manager’s decision to acquire him, and fallout from the Rask/Niederreiter trade.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens are approaching a group of games just prior to the All Star Game as “must-win”. [Sportsnet]
  • Phillip Danault continues to prove that Marc Bergevin’s decision to acquire him was correct. [RDS]
  • The length of Paul Byron’s suspension surprised head coach Claude Julien. [Montreal Gazette]
  • The coach’s adjustments following the loss to the St. Louis Blues are a key reason behind the team’s recent success. [RDS]
  • A move to the top line is bringing out the best from Jonathan Drouin. [The Athletic]
  • The Laval Rocket are taking kids and turning them into pros. [La Presse]
  • Cayden Primeau is one of the nominees for the Hobey Baker Award. [Northeastern Huskies]
  • Antti Niemi doesn’t stop just pucks./

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Carolina Hurricanes traded Victor Rask to the Minnesota Wild in a one-for-one exchange for Nino Niederreiter. [Canes Country|Hockey Wilderness|ESPN]
  • The Vancouver Canucks have traded Michael Del Zotto to the Los Angeles Kings for Luke Schenn and a 7th round pick. [Sportsnet]
  • Caroline Ouellette sits down with Anastasia Bucsis to talk about building a better Team Canada. [POV Podcast]
  • Players around the NHL sound off on the cancellation of the 2020 World Cup of Hockey. [ESPN]
  • How have “dinosaur” defencemen like Brooks Orpik stayed in the NHL? By adapting their game. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • A look at how the seating plan in a team’s locker room is carefully developed and curated. [The Athletic]/

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