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Friday Habs Links: Alex Galchenyuk makes everything better

Here are your daily links, including praise of Alex Galchenyuk's performance so far, Tomas Plekanec reaping the benefits, how expensive are the Habs compared with other NHL teams, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Tom Gilbert is not the most physical of defenseman, and that's fine. [EOTP]
  • (French) Alex Galchenyuk seems to be okay at this whole hockey thing. notes that he has a huge role in the Habs early success. La Presse goes one step beyond and calls him a "le cadeau du ciel" ("the gift from the sky") [NHLLa Presse]
  • (French) Tomas Plekanec is enjoying his offensive role, playing with Alex Galchenyuk and P.A Parenteau. He compares it with playing with Alex Kovalev in '07, and with Mike Cammalleri in '09. [La Presse]
  • Montreal Canadienss are the 8th most expensive NHL team to watch, when accounting for ticket prices, parking space, and snacks at their home stadium. Not surprisingly, Toronto Maple Leafs lead the list. Click to see the full breakdown. (If anyone else, like me, is baffled by the chart at first - the teams are listed in descending order by their FCI - Fan Cost Index). [Puck Daddy]
  • Don't miss it - EOTP's P.K. Subban "Thriller" song parody. [EOTP]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Leafs -Senators game rescheduled for Sunday, November 9. [NHL]
  • their downwards trajectory to...whatever it is they are nos. Sean McIndoe zooms in on the Tom Kurves trade, ie. the deal that lost them Eric Lindros. [Grantland
  • This week in Connor McJesus watch: Buffalo Sabres look promising, and if the Leafs have learned anything about watching first overall picks go to the south of the border, they should get hopping on the tank machine too. Maybe...starting with a rigged jersey toss? #conspiracy [SB Nation]
  • Steve Downie attempts to avenge Sidney Crosby's honour at the Pittsbrugh Penguins versus Philadelphia Flyers game, fails. Not quite McSorley yet. [SB Nation]
  • Speaking of Penguins versus Flyers, picture of the two American teams support Ottawa by playing O Canada before the match. Note: I say American, but both teams are indeed captained by Canadians, and have tons of Canadian players. [Twitter]