Wednesday Habs Headlines: Max Pacioretty has become the new scapegoat

Here are your daily links, including the pressure on Patch, the future of the Canadiens’ blue line, and prospects at Team Canada’s selection camp.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens’ early-December schedule looks significantly different from that of seasons past, but this year, the Habs’ grueling California trip comes at a great time, rather than at the tail end of a long season. And though he’s led the team in scoring over the last few seasons, fans aren’t letting up on Max Pacioretty, who seems to be the Canadiens’ new scapegoat. [TSN 690]
  • Andrei Markov’s re-signing in Montreal will heavily impact the Canadiens’ blue line next year, but if this season ends up being his last in a Habs jersey, there will be plenty of young competition vying for a back-end roster spot. [Gazette]
  • Three Canadiens prospects were named to Team Canada’s selection camp roster, including 2015 first-round pick Noah Juulsen, who will have a key role to play in the team’s defence corps. [EOTP]
  • Ninety-two years ago, the grand opening of a Montreal institution took place:/
  • The Habs hang onto their top spot atop TSN’s power rankings. [TSN]
  • If you’re in St. John’s, join the IceCaps at Mile One Centre for the 17th annual NTV Teddy Toss, which has benefited over 50,000 families:/
  • Pacioretty likely isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. With a handful of 30-goal seasons and a $4.5 million-per-year price tag, Montreal’s captain is one heck of a bargain. After a dismal season leading the team last year, and the pressure far from being off, would #67 benefit from a change of pace, and could any team match his value? [Sportsnet]
  • Carey Price, star of The Mighty Ducks? Perhaps not./

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The pressure to perform at a high level comes with an enormous volume of stress, and more and more athletes and seeking guidance in acquiring the skills needed to handle the pressure. [The Province]
  • Radim Vrbata has an impressive record to his name:/
  • In an effort to eliminate distractions, the head coach of the Saskatoon Blades has banned cellphones from the arena. [Yahoo]
  • Tom Rowe, newly named head coach of the Florida Panthers, will need to meet the ownership’s high expectations of taking significant steps toward a Stanley Cup championship. [NHL]
  • Former Canadien Travis Moen hangs up his skates:/

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