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Saturday Habs Links: Rookies battle for roster spots

Here are your daily links, including young players and their dreams of making the team, clips and interviews from Day 2 of camp, Sidney Crosby's recovery, Claude Giroux's injury, and more.

Claus Andersen

Montreal Canadiens Links

  • (French) Michael Bournival was a pleasant surprise at training camp last year, but this year he will have to fight for a place among other young players like Jiri Sekac and Jacob De La Rose. [RDS]
  • Meanwhile, on the blue line, rookie  Nathan Beaulieu, Jarred Tinordi and Greg Pateryn are each confident they deserve a spot on the roster. [Canadiens]
  • Some clips of Habs players during their training and fitness tests. There's a shot of them running the beep test, but no word if they beat Jiri "The Flash" Sekac. Also, I don't see any logs? Aren't they an integral part of training? Advertising campaigns have lied to me. [Global News]


  • Want to know more? Here are the Montreal Canadiens training camp interviews from yesterday, all lovingly compiled by Eyes on the Prize. [EOTP]
  • All joking aside, are we putting too much emphasis on the shape players show up in for training camp and the beginning of the season? Given how long the season can last, players may be putting themselves in danger of burning out too fast too early. [EOTP]
  • Still some tickets left for the Red vs. White scrimmage on Monday. If you're thinking of going, make your decision now. [Canadiens]
  • Insert some sadness into your weekend: here's a Josh Gorges interview about his trade. His distaste for Toronto warms our hearts. [RDS]
  • (French) The first intra-team scrimmage matches took place today. Some line combinations from the mysterious mind of Therrien:  [La Presse]

Pacioretty - Desharnais - Parenteau

Moen - Galchenyuk - Gallagher

De La Rose - Eller - Bourque

  • John Bartlett, the play-by-play voice of the Canadiens on TSN Radio 690, is leaving ... to join Rogers as their play-by-play man on Rogers' regional Canadiens games. Best of luck to Bartlett in his new job! (And if there's anyone who wants his old job, the application) [Fagstein]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Toronto Maple Leafs are excited about the upcoming season and think they've improves since last year. Is there any hockey team that doesn't say that, at least publicly? Nowhere to go but up, I suppose. [NHL]

  • 50 Thoughts on the New York Rangers' 2014-15 Season - ie. one of the most detailed and thoughtful season preview post I've seen so far. [Blueshirt Banter]

  • It was just days ago when I mentioned Claude Giroux's excellent resistance to injury in another links post. After 15 minutes on the ice during his first day of training camp, Giroux reported a "lower body injury". He'll be out for two weeks. [Broad Street Hockey]
  • Meanwhile, Sidney Crosby has recovered and was back on the ice on Friday. Anyone else getting a "neither can live while the other survives" vibe between Giroux and Crosby right now? [NHL]
  • Or maybe Crosby was just scared of coach Mike Johnston's taser. [Pensburgh]
  • Alex Ovechkin will be back on the left-wing for the Washington Capitals. Somewhere in the distance, Taylor Hall lets out a silent scream. "Tell everybody," he whispers brokenly. "Tell 'em all." [The Hockey News]