Saturday Habs Headlines: Kirk Muller brings positive reinforcement in his coaching approach

Here are your daily links, as Jeff Petry nears a return, Andrew Shaw avoids suspension, Les Canadiennes announce their new captain, and Kirk Muller brings his positive approach to the Habs.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Jeff Petry’s status will be a game day decision, but Michel Therrien indicated a return against Ottawa looks good.
  • Kirk Muller apparently uses a lot of positive reinforcement in his coaching style. /
  • Andrew Shaw won’t see additional discipline for a slewfoot on Thursday night, but had already ironically scheduled a sitdown with Stephane Quintal for educational meeting. [Today’s Slapshot]
  • Michel Therrien also wanted to make sure he spoke to Shaw about his style of play. [Twitter]
  • The St. John’s Icecaps are loading their first line with the Habs’ top AHL level prospects and the rest of the roster looks more experienced than last year’s edition. [Telegram Sports]
  • Les Canadiennes announced their new captain on Friday morning. Watch the announcement with new captain Marie-Philip Poulin. [Salut Bonjour]
  • Mats Naslund is often overlooked when talking about Habs of yore, but he was an electrifying player. Robert Soderlind made a great tribute video of some of his best highlights. [YouTube]
  • How much influence did a man like Maurice Richard have on his opponents? Apparently enough to bend their religious views./
  • SI has ranked all NHL official mascots, and Montreal’s Youppi! came in second place. [Sports Illustrated]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Keeping a roster spot past your prime is becoming more and more difficult for role players; many experienced players left PTO’s without contracts, showing a shift in the way business is being done. [Yahoo! Sports]
  • Speaking of contracts, the current CBA between the league and players’ union is not a favourable one to players and should be changed at the very next opportunity. [The Comeback]
  • Coaching has been more scrutinized and analyzed as we continue to apply data and statistics to sports. Here are some of the numbers for NHL coaches and what they mean. [Hockey Graphs]
  • Our pals over at Winging it in Motown are passionate about mental health and take a look at a topic not discussed enough. [WIIM]
  • Ever wonder about what the odds are of making a living playing hockey? Spoiler alert: they’re extremely thin. [Twitter]/

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