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Sunday Habs Links: Subban is the NHL's first "gunslinger"

Here are your daily links, including the average age of the Habs blue line, the 30th anniversary of "The Hockey Sweater", freeing up cap space for next summer, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Is P.K. Subban as good as the stats say, or are his critics right? Or maybe, is he something the NHL just hasn't seen before? [Sports Illustrated]
  • The average age of Habs' blue line is 31.1 years old (32.7 without counting Beaulieu). Second oldest after Habs: Carolina Hurricanes at 29.3 years old. That sure is a lot of experience that Bergevin is collecting. [La Presse]  (French)
  • The children's book The Hockey Sweater hit its 30th anniversary this year. Author Roch Carrier tells his story about meeting Maurice Richard at a book fair, and Richard giving him a no.9 jersey with Carrier's name emblazoned on top.  [CBC]
  • Ryan Szporer argues that the Bourque trade isn't about Bourque or Allen. It's about the salary cap, and whether Tinordi and Beaulieu (soon to become RFAs) have developed enough yet to weigh against easier negotiations with Gallagher and Galchenyuk next summer. [The Hockey Writers]
  • So far, Pacioretty is fifth in the league in scoring 5-on-5 goals. He's also tied for fifth in number of goals scored since 2011 (97 in total, tied with James Neal). Check out the numbers here. [TSN 690]
  • Watch Andrei Markov score his 100th goal, which is also the first road powerplay goal of the season.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Gold medal winner Shannon Szabados make 34 saves and earned her first win in the Southern Professional Hockey League. You go, Shannon Szabados. [CBC Sports]
  • Mike Babcock's new coaching strategy: making everyone shoot the opposite way. GM Ken Holland says "We realize it's a bit unconventional, but after consulting with an outside analytics group, they think we'll confuse opponents most and gain a competitive advantage if we have almost all right-shooting players instead of almost all left." Anyone else have a feeling that Pavel Datsyuk will become even more of a wizard? [Winging it in Motown]
  • St.Louis Blue goalie Brain Elliott took a picture of his broken cup. "#goaliesacrifice #goalieproblems #igot99problems #highpitchvoice #ballsofsteal #XLcup " [SB Nation]
  • Joffrey Lupul changed a stranger's flat, and then took time to pump his own tires about it on Twitter. [Twitter]
  • 69% of Canadian parents polled said that they want kids to learn hockey growing up, but hockey costs can go up to as much as $10,000 a year per kid. To compare: the average Canadian university tuition costs $5,959 per year. [The Star]
  • David Perron is exasperated with the Edmonton Oilers, calling out his team after an awful loss to the New Jersey Devils. [The Copper & Blue]