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Saturday Habs Links: Marc Bergevin wins two of the year's five worst trades

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Here are your daily links, including Montreal's uncanny luck in trades, Fucale trying to prove himself in net, an interview with Charles Hudon, and the most heartwarming Habs moment of the year.

Nov 11, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks at a press conference
Nov 11, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks at a press conference
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Marc Bergevin won two out of the five worst trades of 2014, netting Vanek and Parenteau for practically nothing. [Sportsnet]
  • Zach Fucale is looking to prove himself in net during the WJC, after an unusually mediocre start to the season in the QMJHL (.890 save percentage through 24 games) [The Score]
  • Leading Bulldogs scorer, Charles Hudon, sits down for an interview. Cute detail: Hudon draws a lot to calm down off the ice. "When we play in the playoffs, we finish at like 10 p.m. or 10:30 p.m. and I'm not able to go to sleep until 3 a.m. So when I was drawing or doing puzzles, I was able to go to bed at midnight." [The Spectator]
  • Puck Daddy presents the top 10 most heartwarming hockey moments of the year, and the Jean Beliveau pre-game tribute tops the list. [Puck Daddy]
  • Here's a painful thought experiment: would the Canadiens have won the Cup in 2014 if Price wasn't injured? This sounds bad, but I'm glad we didn't. Better to win because you're good, rather than because you have a hot goaltender. [RDS] (French)

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • An analysis of the New York Islanders' performance in the neutral zone. Unlike the Avs last year, the Isles' great performance seems to be the result of real, sustainable improvement in both player talent and coaching. [Lighthouse Hockey]
  • Nice of them to wait until after Christmas: New Jersey Devils fire coach Peter DeBoers. [NHL]

  • Oh, and New Jersey Devils player Patrick Elias has the mumps. [Twitter]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins' Steve Downie and Thomas Greiss have also been tested positive for mumps, because nothing will ever go easy for Pittsburgh. [Penguins]
  • Denmark's youth hockey development is going nowhere but up. Quick reminder: Mads Eller, Lars' brother, is playing for Denmark in the WJC. [The Hockey Writers]