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Wednesday Habs Links: Remembering the great Jean Béliveau

All the news and notes from the Habs world, including the reaction to the loss of a hockey legend, Elliotte Friedman's thoughts on Galchenyuk's contract, Michael Bournival's injury status, Nathan Beaulieu's resolve, and more.

R.I.P Le Gros Bill

  • The entire hockey world mourns, as one of the greatest men to play the game has passed. Jean Béliveau was a great player, and a better man. Le Gros Bill will be rightfully remembered as the epitome of talent and class.  [Sportsnet]
  • Béliveau answered every piece of fan mail he ever received. Yup, he was that nice. []
  • For those that haven't seen it yet, Béliveau's Legends of Hockey documentary gives us a good idea how respected he was among his peers. [Youtube]
  • It should come as no surprise that absolutely everyone has great things to say about Le Gros Bill, who was hockey's true gentleman. [CBC]
  • Lost in all of this, is perhaps the fact that Béliveau was an absolute dominant force on the ice. [NHL]
  • He scored so often, that the NHL was forced to change its powerplay rules. [EOTP]
  • Béliveau was not only a great ambassador for the Canadiens, but possibly the best ambassador for the sport. [NY Times]
  • Le Gros Bill formed a generation of hockey loving Canadians. [TSN]
  • Dave Stubbs' take on the situation is a fantastic read. [HIO]
  • The entire hockey world was touched by the death of hockey's captain. [Canadiens]
  • Michael Farber put it perfectly, he was a giant among men. [TSN]
  • Stephen Brunt put together a video essay of his own to honour Beliveau. [Sportsnet]

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Montreal Canadiens links:

  • Nathan Beaulieu really doesn't want to be playing in Hamilton, and who could blame him. Thankfully, he's buckling down and doubling his efforts. [Hamilton Spectator]
  • There's no exact date set for Michael Bournival's return, but it's getting close. [RDS]
  • As per usual, Carey Price took home the Molson Cup, which is awarded to the most Carey Price player of the month. [Canadiens]
  • The Brendan Gallagher contract extension continues to get a thumbs up from everyone around the league. [Yahoo Sports]
  • The guys seem to be keeping things light during practice, which was apparent during the water fight yesterday. [Canadiens]
  • Elliotte Friedman's 30 thoughts always make for a good read. Here are his Habs notes:

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Either Zemgus Girgensons has suddenly become the most popular player in the NHL, or roughly one in four Latvians has submitted an all-star vote. Subban is second overall, and Price leads the goalie vote. [NHL]
  • Bob McKenzie gives us his thoughts on Team USA's selection roster for the upcoming WJC. [TSN]
  • Down Goes Brown figured out the perfect recipe for a Stanley Cup. [Grantland]
  • The NHL All-Star jerseys might have leaked, and if we're being honest they look awful. [Puck Daddy]
  • For some reason the Kings thought it would be a smart idea to let Slava Voynov practice with the team. It cost them $100K. [Eye on Hockey]