Monday Habs Links - Injuries bite, and two youngsters get their chance

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The injury bug has officially bitten the Canadiens, with $17.93M sitting in the press box. Here are some links to take your mind off it.

Roster News

With the injuries piling up on the Habs, Louis Leblanc has been called up, Greg Pateryn is going to get a shot at the sixth defenseman spot, and Patrick Holland continues to get a tryout alongside Michael Blunden.

Of all the walking wounded, it seems that Douglas Murray is closest to being ready to return, describing himself as day-to-day.

Montreal Canadiens Links

The Habs' new policy of putting accents on letters doesn't end at the French language, according to long time equipment manager Pierre Gervais. If Joonas Nattinen gets called up, we'll see an umlaut. Larry Ribinsoin isn't sure what this means for his jersey retirement.

Brendan Gallagher predicted he wouldn't suffer a sophomore slump this season, and his start seems to back that up, Jessica Rusnak writes.

Comparing Saku Koivu and Brian Gionta, two captains with small frames and big hearts.

On Saturday night the North Dakota Fighting Sioux played an exhibition game, but it meant much more than that to Habs prospect Mark MacMillan.

George Parros doesn't want to be the poster boy for the anti-fighting advocates, which is pretty obvious considering he's made a fine living out of it.

Chris Nilan's off-ice issues have been well documented, but it's always a good to read how he's overcome those difficulties.

Around the NHL

Former Habs Kirk Muller and Patrick Roy are both coaching their teams to strong starts, and share some philosophies.

Our own Olivier Bouchard's weekly column is out, this one focusing on sustainable performance.

The venerable Larry Robinson commented that he's not sure where the game of hockey is going, regarding all the dirty hits taking place. Big Bird is not a fan of how these hits are handled.

The New York Islanders traded Matt Moulson for Thomas Vanek last night. No, seriously. Reactions and coverage here from Lighthouse Hockey.

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