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Monday Habs Links: Rene Bourque found playing in Montreal tough, happy to be out

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Your daily dose of all things Habs, including Rene Bourque's take on his time in Montreal, Lars Eller's faceoff prowess, Brendan Gallagher's contract, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens links

  • Rene Bourque didn't mince his words when it came to his experience in Montreal, it was a rough ride. Although the part about him not getting a chance this year is somewhat questionable. The Rene Bourque in Montreal experiment mercifully ended with a disappointing 43 points in 145 games. [Calgary Herald]
  • P.K. Subban and Brendan Gallagher faced off in what might be the most entertaining Habs Duel yet. Their music knowledge definitely speaks to their age. [Canadiens]
  • Remember when Lars Eller used to struggle to win faceoffs? He's now 4th in the NHL. Manny Malhotra, of course, is first. [NHL]
  • Prospect Hayden Hawkey had to leave the game this weekend. No update yet on the injury. [JR Hockey]
  • Patrick Roy has announced that Semyon Varlamov will not start versus the Canadiens. Calvin Pickard gets the call. [Twitter]
  • Arpon Basu explores how Brendan Gallagher's recent contract extension suggests a change in philosophy for Marc Bergevin. [NHL]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Daniel Briere's start in Colorado was anything but solid, however the veteran didn't let watching seven straight games in the press box bring him down. [JdM] (French)
  • Alex Burrows took a skate to the face during Sunday's only NHL game. Thankfully it wasn't too serious. [Puck Daddy]
  • Meet Zemgus Girgensons, Buffalo's tank buster. [Eye On Hockey]
  • Former Winnipeg Jets head coach Claude Noel has found work in the WHL [Pro Hockey Talk]