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Saturday Habs Links: Rookies impress, and a jersey retires

Here are your daily links, including Guy Lapointe's jersey retirement, Sekac acing a Beep Test, live streams of rookie scrimmages, a touching tribute to the spin-o-rama, and more.

Apr 22, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; A general view during the pre game ceremonies
Apr 22, 2014; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; A general view during the pre game ceremonies
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Guy Lapointe will soon become the 18th Canadien to have his name attached to a retired jersey, as No. 5 had previously been retired for Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion. The ceremony will take place before a game against the Wild on November 8. [CBC]
  • Rookie camp began yesterday. Forty-one players, including Jiri Sekac and Nikita Scherbak, gathered for physicals and fitness testing in Brossard. [Gazette]
  • Watch Sekac destroy the Beep Test.

Fun fact: this video was actually filmed in real-time.

  • Want a sneak peek of the Habs rookies in action? RDS will live stream every Canadiens scrimmage from both rookie camp and training camp in Brossard. First broadcast will be this Sunday at 4:00 PM on canadiens.com. [Canadiens]
  • Tim Bozon has the comeback story of the season, and the season hasn't even started yet. [Canadiens]
  • News outlets continue to speculate about next Habs captain. CBC Montreal suggests that Habs could go captain-less to start the year, Blue Jackets/Rangers/Sabres style. [CBC]
  • NHL.com praises P.K.Subban's "flamboyant and expressive" personality. I think something happened this summer that turned P.K. from a lightening-rod of controversy to a lightening-rod of love. [NHL]

Around the NHL

  • RDS wouldn't let me embed, but let's give spin-o-ramas an appropriate sendoff with this tribute video, complete with a minute of sombre silence at the end. Note: this practically doubles as a Mason Raymond career highlight reel. [RDS]
  • The Carolina Hurricane's powerplay was abysmal last season, and captain Eric Staal scored only one PP goal. Check out this excellent breakdown explaining why. [The Score]
  • Crosby? Nah. Claude Giroux ranked Claude Giroux as the number one player to start a franchise, which may actually makes sense, given his point production and ability to bounce back from injuries. [Broad Street Buzz]
  • Steve Stamkos tests out his new Bauer hockey stick on a football field. [Youtube]
  • Vancouver Canucks are experiencing a ticket sales drop (40% according to one source), and the only thing saving local ticket brokers is the demand for tickets to the Seattle Seahawks. [News 1130]