Wednesday Habs Headlines: Is the coaching staff sufficiently improved?

In today’s links, wondering if the off-season coaching changes are enough to improve the Habs, Price’s expected bounce-back, and a few ex-Habs sign in Europe as Kovalchuk talks about his return to North America.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Habs have definitely improved their coaching staff this offseason, but will it be enough? [The Hockey Writers]
  • Carey Price tops this list of five goaltenders poised for a bounce-back season next year. [The Hockey News]
  • Acquiring the Habs captain might make sense for the Florida Panthers. [The Rat Trick]
  • Could trading their captains rejuvenate both the Canadiens and the Ottawa Senators? [TSN (Video)]
  • The Point thinks Phillip Danault’s signing was a good move:/
  • Can Danault continue to thrive should Max Pacioretty depart? [The Athletic]
  • Joël Bouchard welcomes his new assistant to Place Bell:/
  • Byron Froese takes us on a tour of Winkler, Manitoba, his hometown. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Habs and Fabs are teaming up to offer an all-girls hockey school in August:/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Ilya Kovalchuk is confident that he’ll bring a high level of play to the Los Angeles Kings. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Many teams around the NHL are adding analysts and statisticians these days, but what do these people actually do, how do they gather data, and how does the data shape strategy? [The Athletic]
  • The Nashville Predators are set up for long-term success, thanks to their management of their salary-cap situation. [The Hockey News]
  • A straw poll of GMs indicates that offer-sheet usage is likely to continue to be scarce in the future. [The Athletic]
  • Defencemen typically experience random variations from year-to-year in terms of on-ice save percentage, leading to the simplified notion that defencemen do not impact save percentage. Tyler Dellow argues that while there’s no visible statistical link between player and on-ice save percentage, the reality of their relationship is a little more complicated than that. [The Athletic]
  • Andrew Barroway is looking to sell his 49% share in the Arizona Coyotes, a club he values at $500 million dollars. [The Sporting News]
  • Which of the 31 NHL teams have improved thus far, and which have not? [ESPN]
  • Torrey Mitchell will be suiting up for Lausanne HC of the Swiss National League next season. [HC Lausanne]/
  • Kyle Chipchura has signed a one-year deal with HC Slovan Bratislava of the KHL. [HC Slovan]/

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