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Friday Habs Links: Koivu Will Always Be A Hab At Heart

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Saku Koivu's emotional speech, a dirty hit on Max Pacioretty and new goaltending analytics.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Watch Saku Koivu's emotional return to the Bell Centre, as he was honoured for his tenure as beloved member of the Montreal Canadiens. No one bled more bleu-blanc-et-rouge, than this man. [Canadiens]
  • The impact that Koivu had on Montreal off the ice is even more pronounced than the impact he had on it. He may not have raised the cup but his charitable contributions have saved countless lives. [Sportsnet]
  • Jean Beliveau's granddaughters released a touching thank you letter appreciating the support they have received from the Habs and their fans. [Canadiens]
  • Max Pacioretty was the recipient of a dirty hit in the game against the Ducks. The future looks pretty grim for the Habs, without their leading scorer. [EOTP]
  • The gap in talent between Montreal's number one and number two defensemen and the rest of their defensemen, is astonishing. Perhaps the Habs will be better of trying to make a trade for a number three defensemen? [Montreal 690]
  • A Canadiens prospect has been deemed to have one of the most vibrant personalities among all NHL prospects. Yes, he is exactly who you think he is. [Hockey's Future]

Around The League And Elsewhere

  • With the Oilers and Senators both choosing to go ahead with interim coaches lately, let's look back at some not so memorable interim coaches. [Grantland]
  • Shot differentials aren't favouring the Minnesota Wild, as they continue to lose games despite outshooting their opponents. [NBC Sports]
  • Take a look at the top 10 hockey photographs of this year. Don't know about you guys, but number nine was the one which got me the most. [Puck Daddy]
  • You may be familiar with Corsi and Fenwick, but what about analytics which evaluate goaltending? [NHL]
  • Read up on the seven new members who were inducted into the IIHF Hall of Fame. [IIHF]
  • Claude Giroux's intimidation tactics are rather questionable (to say the least). [Vine]