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Sunday Habs Links: Why are McCarron and Scherbak missing from the WJC?

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Here are your daily links, including news about the four Habs prospects in the WJC, new line combinations in Saturday's practice, why Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak are excluded from their WJC teams, and more.

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 03: Mike McCarron #12 of USA White skates against Team Sweden during the 2014 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp
LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 03: Mike McCarron #12 of USA White skates against Team Sweden during the 2014 USA Hockey Junior Evaluation Camp
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Montreal Canadiens

  • How are the four Habs prospects in the WJC doing? (For a look at the WJC alumni currently on the Habs, check out EOTP's writeup) [Canadiens]
  • Artturi Lehkonen, captain of Finland's team, had no idea how popular Saku Koivu was in North America. He was blown away by Koivu's retirement ceremony on T.V. [RDS] (French)
  • Martin Réway, captain of Slovakia's team, has signed with his hometown team in Prague. He explains that he wants to be one of the best players in the Czech Republic before returning to North America. [La Presse] (French)
  • Some interesting combinations from Saturday: Beaulieu-Gonchar on the blue line, and Parenteau-Plekanec-Desharnais in front. Plekanec jokes that he'll "try to fit in in the French group there." [Canadiens]
  • Five key Habs stats from the first half of the season. What do they combine to tell us? That the Habs have enjoyed their share of luck so far, and Carey Price has skewed everything towards the better, just like he did last season. [The Hockey Writers]
  • Why are Michael McCarron and Nikita Scherbak, despite their strong records, missing from their national WJC teams? Because "the tournament is not the nationalistic best-there-is they would have you believe, but rather a battle of development systems". [The Hockey Writers]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • I see the new trend for co-captains extends to coaches. New Jersey Devils name Scott Stevens and Adam Oates as their new "co-coaches". [NHL]
  • New York Islanders put goalie Jaroslav Halak on injured reserve for a lower body injury. [The Score]
  • Watch this time-lapse video to prepare Nationals Park for the 2015 Winter Classic.