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Saturday Habs Links: Malhotra emerges as a vocal leader

Here are your daily links, including Manny Malhotra speaking up in the dressing room, Habs supporting the charity Centraide, an interview of Zach Fucale by Roberto Luongo, P.K Subban's relationship with the refs, and more

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Montreal Canadiens news

  • Max Pacioretty, David Desharnais, Brendan Gallagher and Jarred Tinordi hopped on stationary bikes to fundraise for "Spin-o-don", which goes to Centraide. In case you didn't know, Centraide is a Montreal-based organisation that helps those in poverty. [Canadiens]
  • Zach Fucale, as interviewed by Roberto Luongo. Both are Quebec born goalies from Italian families, and they have a lot to talk about. [The Hockey News]
  • Manny Malhotra is becoming the team's most vocal leader, according to Carey Price. [ESPN]
  • Milan Lucic fined $5,000 for his "obscene gesture". For a sport that loses its mind after P.K. Subban celebrates "too flamboyantly" after a goal, it's an interestingly minimal punishment. [EOTP]
  • (French) Jiri Sekac is going to give the puck of his first NHL goal to his uncle, but he would like to dedicate it to his grandfather, who celebrated his 70th birthday that day. (Also, if you haven't seen Sekac's father lose it as his son's goal, please immediately do so). How many male Sekac relatives can one goal benefit? [RDS]
  • P.K. Subban thinks he has a pretty good relationship with the refs, claiming that he usually takes the positive approach. [La Presse]
  • If you're wondering what is this whole Club 1909 thing that Jay Baruchel is selling you, here's a rundown. Cool detail: if you become a member now, you will have your name embedded in the Bell Centre ice the next time it is remade in 2015. [Canada]
  • Some joker brought a laser pointer to the game vs. Boston. I'm rolling my eyes right now.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Nashville Predators will host the 2016 All-Star game. [NHL]
  • And how much is this young team worth? $485 million, if you're Charles Wang. Put this into context: Vincent Viola acquired the Florida Panthers for only $160 million.[Forbes]
  • Remember the fat, shirtless man dancing at Columbus Blue Jackets games? (YOU SHOULD) His name is Kevin Schroeder, and he has turned dancing shirtless into a part-time career. [SB Nation]
  • A core principle from the hockey analytics bible: If you're playing back to back games, play your backup goalie on one of those nights. [NHL]
  • Absolutely incredible: non-hockey fans guess what Phil Kessel does for a living based off his photo. [Winging it in Motown]
  • The reverse of power rankings - the Connor McDavid rankings. As in, what teams this week look the most like they're about to land the McJesus? A few bad games put the Boston Bruins and the Florida Panthers in the front of the running. [SB Nation]
  • Defensemen are hard to evaluate, but way to do it is looking at their neutral zone scores. Corey Sznajder has been tracking neutral zone play since last year, and he discovered that you can get an idea of puck possession. Get a full rundown here. [Jasper's Rink]