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Friday Habs Links - Subban's Team Canada Status

Should Subban be on Team Canada? Yes. Will he? The debate rages on in your links post and open thread.

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Montreal Canadiens links:

- Stats guru Cam Charron took a look at P.K. Subban's numbers and concluded that Subban should be a lock for team Canada. [via NHL Numbers]

- Like Charron most assume P.K. Subban, who is arguably the best defenseman in the league, would be a lock. However some disagree that he's earned his spot on Team Canada. It wouldn't be the first time Team Canada would make a glaring roster mistake. They, after all, left both Sidney Crosby and Steven Stamkos off Olympic rosters in the past. [via TSN]

- If you are feeling lucky, you can place bets on whether or not Subban will make team Canada. The odds currently favour Subban as an Olympian. [via the Gazette]

- Continuing with the Subban theme, Sean Gordon wrote about the reigning Norris winner and his upcoming contract negotiations. [via Globe & Mail]

- Subban refused to bring any attention to his contract situation. In typical Subban fashion he explained that the negotiations between himself and the Habs would remain confidential. [via NHL] (French)

- Former Habs legend Serge Savard threw some high praise Subban's way, declaring him the best defenseman in the NHL. He also opined that Subban should be a lock for Team Canada in Sochi.

- Newly extended Alexei Emelin and tough guy Brandon Prust are both hoping to play on Saturday vs the Rangers. [via TSN]

- The possible return of Emelin and Prust means that for the first time this year coach Michel Therrien will have his full roster available, except for depth d-man Davis Drewiske. [via NHL ](French)

- Due to the impending Bell-Astral deal, the Canadiens financial records were released for the first time since 2006, and as expected they show that the Habs are a cash cow. [via LaPresse] (French)

- Peter Budaj will get the start on Friday vs The Columbus Blue Jackets, Carey Price will get the start Saturday at home vs the New York Rangers.

- Budaj addressed the media ahead of Friday's match-up, watch the video here. [via]

Other news and notes from around the league:

- Why Brian Burke is wrong about fighting in hockey. [via Keeping 'Em Honest]

- Is Ryan Johansen finally making the leap? [via The Cannon]

- Nazem Kadri was suspended 3 games for his goon show vs the Wild. [via NHL Department of Player Safety]

- A closer look at the Sabres front office & coaching shuffle: [via Die By The Blade]

- Some irrelevant pop singer got into a twitter fight with the Sens back-up goalie. It was the most exciting thing to happen to the franchise since Alfie promised a Stanley Cup. [via Radek Bonk's Mullet]

- The LA Kings have lost their starting goaltender Jonathan Quick for an undetermined length. [via SB Nation NHL]

- Matt Duchene is a really good hockey player. Though he should probably leave the fighting to others. [via SB Nation NHL]

- The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired Kris Versteeg, and former Habs prospect Philippe Lefebvre. Check out the details of the trade here. [via SB Nation NHL]

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