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Monday Habs Links: Jiri Sekac's confidence is growing

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including Jiri Sekac's growing confidence and Sidney Crosby being diagnosed with the mumps.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Jiri Sekac is getting better with every passing game. His confidence continues to grow, and others have noticed. Philadelphia Flyers star Jakub Voracek believes Sekac can score 30 goals. [Canadiens]
  • Michael McCarron is really looking forward to the possibility of playing in front of the Montreal faithful during pool play at the World Juniors. [London Free Press]
  • It's no secret Buffalo Sabres defenseman Josh Gorges is one of the league's premier shot blockers. The ex-Habs leader talks about blocking a Mike Green one-timer five years ago at the Bell Centre, which knocked him out cold and changed the way he would block shots for the rest of his life. [Buffalo Hockey Beat]
  • A Reddit user put together a study to find out the relative cost of beer around the NHL. The Canadiens have the most expensive beer. [BarDown]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After days of speculation, the Pittsburgh Penguins announced that star Sidney Crosby has been diagnosed with the mumps. The Penguins captain became the 13th player to come down with the viral disease. [NHL]
  • The New York Rangers announced that Derick Brassard has also been diagnosed with the mumps. [NHL]
  • Chris Johnson says that what happened with Sidney Crosby can't be repeated and that the league needs "heightened vigilance" when dealing with the disease. [Sportsnet]
  • QMJHL goalie Francois Brassard of the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles became the first goalie to score a goal in the league in over six years. However, it was how it went in that made it totally awesome. [Yahoo!]
  • Just under two weeks before the World Juniors in Toronto and Montreal, Canada's team is starting to take shape. Five players were cut from camp on Sunday, with the roster being trimmed to 25. [La Presse]
  • Team Red defeated Team White in the inaugural Canadian Women's Hockey League all-star game over the weekend. [Sportsnet]