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Sunday Habs Links: Training camp intra-squad scrimmage roundup

Here are your daily links, including reports from Saturday's Red vs. White scrimmage, Plekanec's as Sekac's mentor, your Sunday Habs Throwback, and more.

Dec 31, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec (14)
Dec 31, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec (14)
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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Scrimmage results: Reds (Team B) won over Whites (Team A), 4 - 2. EOTP has the respective rosters here. [RDS] (French)
  • Jiri Sekac sat down with Gino Reda for a quick interview on on That's Hockey. [TSN]
  • (French) Saturday training camp report: P.A Parenteau fits well on a line with Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais, Nathan Beaulieu took a bad hit from Rene Bourque, and Zachary Fucale had a great period [La Presse].
  • Five thoughts about the Canadiens' scrimmage, from A Winning Habit. More praise for Parenteau and Scherbak, but Kenny MacMillan notes that the 2013 first round pick, Michael McCarron, looked slow and under-skilled. [A Winning Habit]
  • Tomas Plekanec is acting as a mentor for fellow-Czech Jiri Sekac. According to Sekac, "[Plekanec] is showing me places around Montreal. He helps me out in the locker room if I don’t know what to do. He's just here for me. It’s good to have him here." [Canadiens]
  • Sunday Habs Throwback: Happy birthday to Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur! LaFleur turned 63 this Saturday, and to celebrate, let's revisit that time in 1979 Guy LaFleur dropped his one and only disco album, titled simply Lafleur. Lafleur mainly consists of Guy LaFleur reciting hockey tips over a disco soundtrack.

Lafleur cost 100,000 dollars to make, but "producers expect it to sell a minimum of 100,000 copies." Please tell me it did, it'll make my day.

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Rundown of San Jose Sharks' first days of training camp. The top-6 look good, but they need to shore up on their third and fourth lines. [Fear the Fin]
  • New Pittsburgh Penguins gold jerseys, modeled by Golden Goal-scorer Sidney Crosby. These are exact replicas of the eighties ones worn by Lemieux and Jagr. I see that winning cups will never go out of style. [SB Nation]
  • Arizona Coyotes aren't deep in offensive talent, but their powerplay is excellent, because their special teams coach Newell Brown uses a creative and fast-moving strategy to keep opponents dis-oriented. [The Score]
  • Toronto Maple Leafs are focusing on defense during training camp. Coach Randy Carlyle says that the staff has made little changes to their defensive systems over the summer, and as forward Matt Frattin quotes: "defense wins championships". [The Hockey News]
  • Teemu Selanne's autobiography was not flattering to the Anaheim Ducks, but at least it didn't go as far as this. [Battle of Cali]