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Habsent Minded 2.37: Claude Julien’s role in Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s development

In this episode, we discuss the relationship between a young player and his NHL coach, and look ahead to a critical two-game weekend.

NHL: JAN 13 Flames at Canadiens Photo by Vincent Ethier/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Patrik Bexell teams up with Andrew Zadarnowski to discuss the development of players in Montreal, and if NHL coaches are good or bad at developing players.

After the first segment the discussion turns to what tanking can mean for a team long term, using different NHL teams as examples. This after hearing the Buffalo Sabres fan breaking down on radio in what must be considered an epic meltdown.

The final segment turns toward this weekend’s games against the Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets; a “season-defining weekend.” This could make or break the Montreal Canadiens’ season, and after this weekend it will be clearer in what position the team will be heading into the trade deadline.