Saturday Habs Headlines: Carey Price officially named starter for Team Canada

Here are your daily links, including Carey Price locking down the starting role in the World Cup, the availability of Nathan Beaulieu, and Price’s comments on why Subban was traded.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Team Canada head coach Mike Babcock revealed on Friday that Carey Price will indeed be his starting goaltender in today’s World Cup of Hockey opener against the Czech Republic. [Eye on Hockey]
  • In an interview with RDS, GM Marc Bergevin explained that he is listening to calls from teams around the league on the availability of Nathan Beaulieu. Bob McKenzie gave his take on that news on TSN 690, stating he wouldn’t be entirely surprised if Beaulieu is moved. [RDS | TSN 690]
  • Commenting again on the trade of P.K. Subban for Shea Weber, Price stated that the entire club believes Subban’s play was too unpredictable for the team’s structure. Alexei Emelin added that the move would be “best for the team.” [La Presse]
  • There are always question marks when a player returns from injury, but Bergevin is, so far, happy with Price’s performance at the World Cup. [TSN]
  • Speaking of injury and the World Cup, Team Russia has the luxury of a nearby Alexander Radulov should they need to replace someone on their roster. [Twitter]
  • Everyone around Mikhail Sergachev speaks very highly of his ability and poise, so it comes as no surprise that he’s in the spotlight at the Canadiens’ rookie camp. [SN]
  • Michael McCarron will also be hoping to force management into a difficult decision at camp, and understands that it is now his time to take a leadership role among his peers. [HIO]
  • In case you missed it, the Habs prospects thrashed those of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the opening game of the rookie tournament. [EOTP]
  • Unphased by the addition of collegiate netminder Charlie Lindgren, Zachary Fucale is ready to fight to compete for his spot this season. [RDS]
  • Nikita Scherbak had a tough rookie season in the AHL last year, but hopes to build on and learn from his experience. [HIO]
  • Also taking part in Habs rookie camp is Guillaume Asselin who, as an interesting piece of trivia, was once traded for former first-round pick Louis Leblanc. [RDS]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Connor McDavid is, obviously, the real deal - and he might just be able to lead the NHL in scoring as soon as this season. []
  • Expanding on his previous piece on why advanced stats aficionados can justifiably come off as jerks, Garret Hohl examines the occasions in which it occurs for no good reason. [BTN]
  • It was expected that Vladimir Sobotka would return to the NHL and join the St. Louis Blues this season, but there are still issues to be sorted out with his KHL contract. [NBC]
  • Once a real concern, the Arizona Coyotes no longer need fret about organization depth at the goaltending position. [FFH]
  • Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan has launched the Ryan Callahan Foundation, which sets out to help children affected by pediatric cancer. [RC]/

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