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Thursday Habs Links: Canadiens would welcome openly gay player

Here are you daily links including Montreal's stance on openly gay players, how to fix Montreal's power play woes, refs keeping hit lists, and the countdown to Connor.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Would the Habs dressing room be a welcoming place for an openly gay hockey player? Of course it would - Christopher Curtis of the Gazette on why. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Kerry Fraser reveals that NHL refs keep unofficial lists of "known offenders" and Brendan Gallagher is clearly on some refs' lists. [TSN]
  • Our own Jack Han has some great ideas on how the Habs can fix their less than perfect powerplay. [EOTP]
  • Zachary Fucale stopped 40 shots as he and fellow Canadiens prospect Daniel Audette teamed up to put the Russian squad away in Game 5 of the Subway Super Series. [Canadiens]
  • ESPN's top 25 defenseman rankings came out this week. Two Canadiens are in the top 20 (would have been three, but the Habs didn't re-sign Douglas Murray). Should our guys have been higher? [ESPN]
  • Fans in Timmins and Sudbury are sick of Leafs games and it's not because of 9-2 losses, it's because they're Habs fans experiencing regional TV blackouts. They've turned to parliament for help. [Timmins Press]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Growing up I had an amazing Coleco tabletop hockey game featuring the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers (a rematch of the 1980 finals). It's sitting in my parents' attic now, but I wish I could have it at my apartment. This Bardown piece was a great stroll down memory lane looking at some of the best ever tabletop hockey games - WWF Shootout! [Bardown]
  • Dallas has been a huge disappointment this season, but with Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn there's a strong core just coming into their primes. Imagine those two plus Connor McDavid or Jack Eichel next year or the year after. Katie Baker looks at where two of the best prospects in recent times could end up. [Grantland]
  • Marc Andre Fleury overcame one mental hurdle in shutting out the Canadiens Tuesday night, but his playoff meltdowns still loom. [NHL]
  • Mario Giguere's Le Coin Du Raisin debuts. The column (in French) covers hockey for the francophone community in Alberta with a focus on the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames, and Montreal Canadiens. Great stuff. [Journal Le Franco]
  • Bob McKenzie delivers a pretty sick burn on Mike Milbury. [SB Nation]
  • ESPN's 30 for 30 delivers up another great documentary, this time on legendary Bruins tough guy John Wensink. [Grantland]