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Saturday Habs Links: Tough guy George Parros retires

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Here are your daily links, including former Hab George Parros retiring, paying your final tributes to Jean Beliveau, and Max Pacioretty saying why switching between Weise and Desharnais is no big deal.

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UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 14: George Parros #15 of the Montreal Canadiens leaves the ice following his fight with Eric Boulton #36 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 14, 2013
UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 14: George Parros #15 of the Montreal Canadiens leaves the ice following his fight with Eric Boulton #36 of the New York Islanders during the first period at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 14, 2013
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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Former Canadien George Parros announces his retirement at the age of 34, after playing for nine NHL seasons. Thank you for your time with Montreal, Parros, but people have predicted that career enforcers will trickle out of the league for a long time now.  [Sportsnet]
  • Fans who want to pay their final tribute to Jean Beliveau can visit the Bell Centre this Sunday and next Monday, where Mr. Beliveau will lie in state. [NHL]
  • Jack Nevins has become the resident tough guy in Hamilton. His mother doesn't like his role, but the Bulldogs do. [Hamilton Spectator]
  • I guess we can drop the "who gets to take Max to prom" debate of Weise vs. Desharnais. "I feel comfortable playing with everyone on this team - everyone up front. Sometimes it's a good change to get certain people going and maybe that's what we need tonight," says Max Pacioretty before the Chicago game. (He likes both of them, okay?) [Canadiens]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Edmonton Oilers' Craig MacTavish called a press conference today and talked for half an hour without saying anything. Thankfully, someone watched it for you and listed the highlights. [The Copper and Blue]
  • A photo gallery of Daniel Alfredsson's retirement game with the Ottawa Senators. Make sure you see this picture of Alfredsson's kids wearing Karlsson no. 65 jerseys (but please note that only one of them is the actual captain of the Sens). [The Globe and Mail]
  • According to Gary Bettman, "we are the most diverse of all the sports". [Russian Machine Never Breaks]
  • The Dallas Stars are second last in the Western Conference, despite the presence of both Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin. The Stars are also dead-last in the league for goals against per game. [The Hockey Writers]
  • How old is Martin Brodeur? Hockey twitter comes up with some relevant hockey facts to put things in context. [SB Nation]  My favourite: