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Tuesday Habs Links: Canadiens decide to go with 4 alternate captains

Here are your daily links, including the Habs new alternate captains, the annual Canadiens golf tournament interviews, David Desharnais, ice hockey in the Middle East, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • The Canadiens have announced that they will have four alternate captains this year and no captain. [EOTP]
  • Geoff Molson has indicated that the Habs will indeed honour Saku Koivu next year, but a date hasn't been set yet. [Twitter]
  • Maurice Richard hung up his skates on September 15th, 1960. Check out the archived footage. [CBC]
  • With the announcement that the Habs will have four Assistant Captains this year and no Captain, what kind of message do you think this is sending to the dressing room? Eric Engels gives us his take on it. [Hockey Buzz]
  • The Habs annual golf tournament to kick off the season happened Monday. See all of the interviews right here. By the way, who was that asshole reporter going after Markov about the captaincy? [EOTP]
  • See what the folks at ESPN had to say about why the Canadiens are going without a Captain to start the season. Wow, ESPN wrote a whole article about hockey. [ESPN]
  • So what does David Desharnais have to say about the leadership in the Habs dressing room? The much debated first-line center of the Habs took the time to talk to the Gazette last week before the announcement regarding the captaincy. [Gazette]
  • Don't forget to see what happened at the Habs rookie camp on Day 4. Who won the second scrimmage? Who scored the goals? See it all right here provided to you by our very own Marc Dumont. [EOTP]

Around the NHL

  • Here what Dave Nonis had to say on the Maple Leafs diving into the analytics game. With the hiring of Kyle Dubas as Assistant GM earlier this summer, the Leafs are definitely investing into advanced stats and moving away from the Brian Burke model. [TSN]
  • It looks like the Senators are the only team left without the captaincy situation settled. Will they do something similar to the Habs? See what GM Bryan Murray had to say. [TSN]
  • Jonathan Drouin looks ready to take the next step and play in the NHL. Seems like the Lightning did the right thing in letting Drouin go back to juniors for one more year. He may have wanted to play in the show last year but he will thank Steve Yzerman when he is getting his picture taken holding the Calder Trophy next year. [NHL]
  • What on earth is EPIX and why is the NHL getting in bed with them? With the "24/7" series coming to an end on HBO, the NHL has decided to not let that stop them from continuing the show. Check it all out right here. [Yahoo]
  • Everybody knows that hockey can work in warm climates. Regardless of what you think about some of the southern teams in the NHL and their viability, there are still several examples of teams being able to thrive in warm weather. Just look at the 2012 and 2014 Los Angeles Kings, the 2004 Tampa Bay Lightning, and even the 1999 Dallas Stars if you want to argue with me. But can ice hockey survive in the desert? No, I am not talking about the Arizona desert, I am talking about the Middle East Desert. [CNN]