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Tuesday Habs Links: Subban is confident in the team, excited to get season going

Here are your daily links, including what Subban thinks of the Habs, saying goodbye to Francis Bouillon, Peter Budaj being placed on waivers 24 hours after being traded, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • PK Subban thinks that the Habs are the "number one" target in the league and that every team circles the Habs on the schedule, therefore trying extra hard to beat them. Do you think it's true? Dave Stubbs explains. [Gazette]
  • Well, it's set, we have seen the last of Francis Bouillon in a Montreal Canadiens uniform. [EOTP]
  • See Francis Bouillon's reaction to being released right here. [RDS] (French)
  • And, of course, see what GM Marc Bergevin had to say on the decision to cut Francis Bouillon. [RDS] (French)
  • Check out NHL Networks' season preview of the Montreal Canadiens, which aired on Sunday night. [NHL Network]
  • The Winnipeg Jets have placed newly acquired goaltender Peter Budaj on waivers. The Jets traded for Budaj and prospect Patrick Holland from the Habs on Sunday only to place Budaj on waivers on Monday (essentially sending him down to the AHL). They seem to be happy with Michael Hutchinson as the backup to Ondrej Pavelec. [CBS]
  • Eric Engels gives us his Habs "preseason wrap-up". Engels reviews all of the moves the Habs made as well as all of the things that we saw during the preseason that could affect the Habs for 2014-2015. [Hockey Buzz]

Outside of Montreal

  • The biggest question in Washington this year will be the relationship between new coach Barry Trotz and superstar Alex Ovechkin. The Capitals were a powerhouse team for the better part of four years until 2011-2012 when the Capitals and Ovechkin started to become inconsistent. NHL.com has analyzed the situation for us so far. [NHL]
  • The last major contract debacle in the NHL was solved on Monday with the Columbus Blue Jackets signing star RFA forward Ryan Johansen to a three-year, $12M extension. Johansen led the Blue Jackets last year with 33 goals and is poised to do it again with a revamped lineup in Columbus. [ESPN]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs announced more cuts on Monday and seem to have shed some sandpaper. They will no longer have a "goon" at the NHL level with the announcement that Colton Orr and Frazer McLaren were placed on waivers. Most teams seem to be shying away from icing so called "goons" in the new NHL. The Habs experiment with George Parros didn't pan out last year and even the rough and tumble Boston Bruins let Shawn Thornton walk away this summer. Will this be the new trend? [TSN]
  • The New York Rangers made a minor trade on Monday with the Florida Panthers, essentially allowing preseason phenom Anthony Duclair to stay with the NHL club to start the season. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • The Minnesota Wild, on Monday, announced that they have released Ilya "Mr. Universe" Bryzgalov from training camp. With the Wild not in the Winter Classic this year and therefore not being featured on the show "24/7", they obviously didn't need him considering they would have four NHL goaltenders if they signed him. [CBS]