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Friday Habs Links: Tomas Plekanec tweaks elbow at training camp

Here are your daily links, including all of the news on the start of Habs training camp, Pacioretty and Weaver united at last, Andrei Kostitsyn missing Montreal, where ESPN ranks the Canadiens in affordability as a fan, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • It doesn't sound all that serious, but apparently Tomas Plekanec injured his elbow during some off-ice physicals, whilst performing the long jump. [CBC]
  • It was Media Day on Thursday at the Canadiens opening day of training camp. The players looked very excited and happy to be catching up with their teammates after a long summer. Mike Weaver and Max Pacioretty looked especially happy to be back together again after a long and heart-wrenching summer apart. [Canadiens]
  • All the player interviews from Media Day can be found here. [EOTP]
  • Media day isn't only about player interviews, it's also a lot of sitting around getting pictures taken, and some early season workouts. Check out the behind the scenes video from Media Day. [Canadiens]
  • Here are the predictions for the Atlantic Division from Sports World News. Are the Bruins still king or do you think the Habs will dethrone them like they did in the playoffs? Only time will tell. [Sports World News]
  • ESPN's Ultimate Team Rankings came out today. The Habs finished 55th out of the 122 total North American teams in the NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB. Although I think the Habs are a much better and more valuable franchise than a lot of the teams that finished ahead of them, we Habs fans can at least find solace in the fact that the Maple Leafs finished DEAD LAST! [ESPN]
  • With the announcement that the Habs will retire Guy Lapointe's jersey this upcoming season (which is actually already retired since Lapointe and Boom Boom Geoffrion shared the #5) we here at EOTP began thinking about who deserves to have their number retired and who doesn't? With the retirement of Saku Koivu we have all thought about whether the #11 should be retired or not and their have been several articles that have addressed the issue. With that being said, if you think Saku Koivu should get his number retired don't you think we should finish retiring the entirety of the "Punch Line" first? Matt Drake gives us the story. [EOTP]
  • Former Hab Andrei Kostitsyn apparently wants desperately to return to the NHL. Not only that but it really seems like he wants to return to Montreal too. [RDS] (French)

Around the NHL

  • Sean McIndoe came up with a great list of resolutions ahead of the upcoming NHL season which is well worth a read. [Grantland]
  • It looks like the New York Rangers' GM Glen Sather has the same thought process as Marc Bergevin regarding bridge deals for young RFA's. Ryan Johansen obviously doesn't like that thought process but that's a different story. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • As the NHL training camps begin, there are many things that we fans need to pay attention to. Bleacher Report has given us a list of their top things to watch. [Bleacher Report]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins superstars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will both be sitting out for the start of training camp due to injuries sustained while preparing for camp. [Hockey News]
  • Another big blow to the Detroit Red Wings was announced today. They will be without their up and coming #1 prospect Anthony Mantha for 6-8 weeks after he fractured his right tibia. Mantha was the 20th overall pick in the 2013 NHL draft by the Red Wings and put up an extremely impressive 57 goals and 63 assists for 120 points in just 57 games played this year in the QMJHL with the Val-d'Or Foreurs which led the league. Mantha also led the Foreurs to the President's Cup and scored the game-winning goal with 52 seconds left in Game 7 to defeat Baie-Comeau. [Detroit News]
  • It's not looking to good for the Flyers' Kimmo Timonen. The 39-year old former All-Star defenseman has been diagnosed with having several blood clots throughout his body. [TSN]