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Saturday Habs Links: Canadiens will honour Saku Koivu in December

Here are your daily links, including Saku Koivu's legacy, Movember moustache updates, a Q&A with prospect Mark MacMillan, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Canadiens will honour ex-captain Saku Koivu on December 18. [NBC Sports]
  • Recall Koivu's legacy here. He beat non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2001, returned in one of the most emotional games in team history, and raised $8 million dollars for the Montreal General Hospital. No big deal. (It's a big deal) [NHL]
  • Movember update: Men's health is a big deal to Brendan Gallagher (his grandad passed away from prostate cancer in 2010). Still, teammates dont shy away from ribbing him about his moustache. Mike Weaver: "He’s been growing that mustache for the last year. He might actually have to dye it a little bit, too." [Canadiens]
  • A video Q & A with Habs prospect Mark MacMillan.His very first memory was hating his first time on ice. He also just finished season 9 of How I Met Your Mother. Someone tell him to skip the finale. [Grand Forks Herald]
  • Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray is very diplomatic about whether Rene Bourque will actually play on the top line with Ryan Getzlaf. "That'll be up to Bruce. When he [Bourque] gets here and has been with us a bit, I'm sure he'll get a look there. Again, that spot seems to be a tough one to keep consistently filled." Sorry, Anaheim. We gave you Koivu, but we also gave you Bourque. [OC Register]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Did you hear about "Salutegate"? The Toronto Maple Leafs players decided not to do the raised-stick salute (not an euphemism) to the fans after a win. You could get angry at the lack of respect, grit, sportsmanship, etc. that the Leafs are showing, or you can watch this adorable video of the Toronto crowd helpfully singing the Canadian anthem after a glitch cut out the audio. [Youtube]
  • Daniel Alfredsson won't be playing this season. He may announce retirement this Monday. [Sportsnet]
  • Elliotte Friedman's thirty thoughts: former first overall draft pick Bryan Berard wants to help young players develop some sense of financial responsibility, because Jack Johnson's story is not uncommon in the league. Also interesting: Jaden Schwartz, on the St.Louis Blues, draws a lot of comparisons to Brendan Gallagher, "but more talented". [Sportsnet]
  • Jack Johnson is selling his Manhattan Beach home for $1.65 million. [Fansided]
  • L.A. Kings have been granted cap relief for Slava Voynov's $4.1 million cap hit. Voynov was charged this week with a felony count of corporal injury to spouse. [CBS Sports]