Wednesday Habs Headlines: The Kirk Muller effect

Here are your daily links, including Kirk Muller’s impact on the Habs, Mike Condon’s departure, the right amount of starts for Carey Price, and more

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Despite some questionable decisions this summer, the 2016-17 season should be an exciting one for Habs fans. [Metro]
  • The Canadiens’ organization are happy to have associate coach Kirk Muller among their ranks once again, whose impact on the power play and player development can help define the team’s success this season. [NHL]
  • Wanting to keep their star net minder fresh for the playoffs, the Habs brass are hoping to keep Carey Price’s starts under 60 games this season. What number will be the magic number? And should the Canadiens extend the invitation to their newest first round pick, Mikhail Sergachev, beyond his 9 game tryout? [Price] [Sergachev]
  • Mike Condon was claimed off waivers by Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins. [CBC]
  • Max Pacioretty thinks Shea Weber is far too respected around the league for other players to come after him. That won’t keep Weber from going after them, however./
  • After two consecutive Clarkson Cup losses, les Canadiennes’ rookies will have to play an important part in this year’s cup run if they want to be successful. [EOTP]
  • After a disastrous 2015-16 campaign, it’s a make-or-break season for the Montreal Canadiens. [SB Nation]
  • Canadiens’ prospect Noah Juulsen isn’t a point chaser — he wants to play the right way. [La Presse]
  • CTV’s Brian Wilde believes the Canadiens will “bounce back in 2016-2017 in a huge way” in his pre-season preview. [CTV]
  • “We fell down face-first.” General Manager Marc Bergevin met with the press October 11th and offered his most candid remarks since last season’s collapse. [NHL]
  • EOTP managing editor, Marc Dumont will join TSN 690’s Postgame Show this season./

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The NHL has updated concussion protocols, including “spotters” to detect warning signs and dictate  player removal from games. [NHL]
  • The NHL has returned, and with the first week of games set to debut tonight, the results of these handful of games will undoubtedly cause chaos and speculation among fans everywhere. [Sportsnet]
  • Following a concussion diagnosis, Sidney Crosby skated on Tuesday morning and shot down conspiracies that it occurred during the World Cup of Hockey. [Yahoo]
  • Connor McDavid, Jack Eichel, Dylan Larkin, oh my! Vice profiles the most exciting players under 21 in the NHL today. [Vice]
  • Steve Yzerman comes out looking like a genius in signing Nikita Kucherov to a three year, $14.3 million contract. [Sportsnet]
  • Time’s a-wasting for restricted free agents, Rasmus Ristolainen. Hampus Lindholm, Rickard Rakell and Jacob Trouba, who have yet to sign with their respective clubs. [TSN]
  • The Boston Bruins are hoping for a new, speedier image in this 2016-17 campaign. [Boston Globe]
  • It’s not always about what happens on the ice. Here are the Top 10 off-ice stories around the league so far. Including smaller goaltending equipment, NHL at the Olympics, and the Las Vegas expansion. [Sportsnet]
  • A case for the red line? Dan Boyle thinks that a revival of the red line will slow down the game, allowing players to maximize their skill set. [ESPN]/

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