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Saturday Habs Links - Will the NHL's realignment hurt the Habs' playoff chances?

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Roster News

Newly signed Alexei Emelin will see his doctor on Monday in an attempt to get medical clearance, but the team is silent on when he'll actually be able to suit up.

In the mean time, check out his salary comparables based on the percentage of the cap he'll take up.

Montreal Canadiens Links

Matthew Macaskill believes that the NHL's new realignment is bad for the Habs' playoff chances. In this, he also includes a detailed breakdown of the NHL's new wildcard seeding, if you don't know how it works yet.

Connor Crisp believes that being traded to the Sudbury Wolves was positive for his development.

Mac Bennett has been nominated for the CLASS award, given to a senior NCAA D-1 player who has notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. The character part will probably get Bergevin to offer him a contract at the end of the season.

Some seriously unfortunate news for the Vancouver Giants as Dalton Thrower is out with an undisclosed injury. The new team captain has been their best player all season.

Pierre LeBrun offers up what Bergevin may have been thinking when he signed David Desharnais to his big contract, saying that it looked good at the time because he was arbitration eligible. You know what would have looked better? Trading him.

Around the NHL

The Florida Panthers canned Kevin Dineen yesterday, here's the reaction from Litter Box Cats.

Phil Kessel decided he was Pavel Bure last night and scored an incredible goal.

Copper & Blue asks who are the softest players in the NHL, and they came up with a forward corps that would probably win the cup.

Speaking of the Oilers, they traded one of their only two good defensemen (Ladislav Smid) to the Flames last night, in exchange for two mediocre to terrible prospects. Of note: Smid was acquired as a 19 year old to be a cornerstone of the Oilers' rebuild. He's just been dealt for prospects in the same rebuild.

They used the money they saved to sign... Ilya Bryzgalov. No, I'm serious. That actually happened in real life. The talent gap on Edmonton's blueline is humongous big.

If you're so inclined to learn everything there is to know about the new collective bargaining agreement, JJ from Kansas is breaking it down piece by piece.

JP NIkota breaks down what the Leafs are doing defensively this year, and he promises there are no fancy stats.

The alleged victim of Semyon Varlamov's abuse gave an interview to Life News via Skype, and Dmitry Chesnokov has the details.

Even the best players go through droughts, as a lot of Habs seem to be doing right now.

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