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Thursday Habs Links: PK Subban knows his way around hockey analytics

Here are your daily links, including the announcement of Saku Koivu's retirement, an in-depth look at the upcoming season for the Habs, captain talk, and more!

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • When you talk to PK Subban about advanced stats, you better come with the proper context. [Deadspin]
  • Subban didn't shy away from captaincy questions, stating that he'd love to be the captain if given the chance. [National Post]
  • "The Captain" Saku Koivu has announced his retirement after 18 NHL seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and Anaheim Ducks. I think I can speak for all of the Habs community when I say that Koivu will always have a special place in our hockey loving hearts. I was fortunate enough to meet Koivu in the lobby of the Loews Hotel Vogue in Montreal prior to Game 2 of the 2008 semi-finals against the FlyersAs you can see we were both shocked at each other's presence. []
  • In honour of Koivu's retirement, the great Michael Farber's two feature videos are well worth a watch. [Bardown]
  • Relive all your best Saku Koivu moments in our story stream dedicated to the former captain. [EOTP]
  • TSN gives us their take on who the Habs next Captain will be. Pacioretty and Subban look to be the front runners so far. [TSN]
  • This is by far the most in-depth look at the Habs this entire off-season. The staff at TSN really did their homework here.  [TSN]
  • Here's some French coverage from RDS on Saku Koivu's retirement. [RDS]
  • Sheldon Souray didn't hold back when talking about his good friend's retirement, check out what he had to say. [Twitter]
  • Web Sports Media is hosting a burger competition this Saturday with special judge Brandon Prust. [Montreal Hockey Talk]

Around the NHL

  • It's official, the NHL Winter Classic will be held at Nationals Ballpark in Washington, D.C. on January 1st, 2015. [NHL]
  • The Anaheim Ducks have given an extension to head coach Bruce Boudreau that will last through the 2016-2017 season. Boudreau is 111-55-22 in almost three seasons at the helm of the Ducks and have led them to back-to-back Pacific Division titles. [NHL]
  • Get ready for Fantasy Hockey and take a look at's top ranked "category specialists". From Power Play Points to Penalty Minutes, they are all here. [NHL]
  • It looks as if the NHL lawyer's will be busy for quite some time. An estimated 10,000 players have entered the class action suit against the NHL for concussions. [TSN]
  • Our very own Arik Parnass gives us an in depth look at controlled situation Corsi, in particular Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci. [AP Hockey]