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Friday Habs Headlines: Defence first

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Improved defensive play is powering the Habs’ strong start. [TSN]
  • Why Martin St-Louis is obsessed with balance. [The Athletic]
  • Cheryl Pounder is impressed by the Canadiens’ team effort. [Montreal Gazette]
  • It’s been a difficult learning curve for a young Laval Rocket team. [La Presse]
  • Logan Cooley, Juraj Slafkovsky, and the inevitable comparisons. [RDS]
  • Jacob Fowler has been named Hockey East Goaltender of the Month. [RDS]
  • Don’t sleep on Luke Tuch just because he isn’t with the Rocket. [RDS]
  • The Montreal General Hospital Foundation, in collaboration with the Canadiens and Classic Auctions, will be holding a silent auction in the days leading up to the tribute gala for Dr. Mulder on November 9 at the Bell Centre. [Montreal Canadiens]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • The Ottawa Senators are reportedly in no rush to hire a general manager after Pierre Dorion’s ouster. [TSN]
  • The five best and worst moves of Dorion’s tenure. [Daily Faceoff]
  • A fiery Michael Andlauer sounds off on the NHL and Dorion: ‘Why I inherited this is beyond me’. [The Athletic]
  • Why Jonathan Huberdeau has struggled with the Calgary Flames so far. [Sportsnet]
  • Early observations as each team hits the 10 game mark of the NHL season. [Sportsnet]
  • Will the 2023-24 San Jose Sharks go down as the worst NHL team of all-time? [Daily Faceoff]
  • Ask a locker room to define “hockey sense” — the nebulous term often thrown around to describe elite talent — and there’s likely going to be a wide range of answers. [TSN]