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Sunday Habs Links: Pacioretty knows he's underpaid

Here are your daily links, including a Max Pacioretty interview, where Tim Bozon is now, a look at what young players give up to chase their NHL dreams, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Video of the highlights from the Habs anthem singer auditions. [Canadiens]
  • Someone made a case for Jarred Tinordi to be cut from the Montreal Canadiens. Next few days are gonna be tense for the roster hopefuls. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Tim Bozon is focused on making the Hamilton Bulldogs, but acknowledges that his meningitis cost him a year of development. But this was Bozon's condition coming out of his coma: "Walking was difficult, his voice was gone, done in from all that time on a respirator and he suffered from severe memory loss, as indicated by his asking his parents the same question five or six times a day." Playing at all is impressive. [The Telegram]
  • Max Pacioretty knows he's underpaid, but explains that he's not the type to take risks. After his neck injury, he's focused on establishing himself. "I'm well-paid to do what I do and it's not certain I could elevate my game to where it is now if I always had contract questions over my head."(French) [La Presse]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Big day for Islanders on Saturday. First they acquired Jonny Boychuk from the Boston Bruins for three draft picks, then they acquired Nick Leddy from the Chicago Blackhawks for three minor pieces. That makes two veteran defensemen from Cup winning teams, only traded away for cap reasons. Islanders don't seem content to be bottom-feeders any more. [Stanley Cup of Chowder, Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Evgeni Malkin took to the ice for the first time on Saturday morning, but he's still not at 100%. [NHL]
  • Meanwhile, Phil Kessel and Cody Franson also skated, and their status is equally mysterious. [NHL]
  • Where Rogers is planning to take their NHL rights. They're planning to slowly put more NHL content in its non-sports magazines, but expect trouble connecting with Generation Y and Generation Z  consumers who might have "hockey fatigue". [The Star]
  • Keep this in mind next time someone trash-talks pro athletes and their million dollar paychecks. Most young players in the minor leagues forfeit their scholarships to chase their NHL dreams. Most then retire in their twenties with no savings or degree. As a former London Knight goalie puts it: "These young guys are being given a tremendous opportunity — it’s true, they are. But opportunity is not a currency. [...] that opportunity does not pay the bills." [Montreal Gazette]