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Wednesday Habs Links: Sportsnet reaches 3 year broadcast agreement with Montreal

Here are your daily links, including a new broadcast deal, Drayson Bowman's tryout, an invitation to a Canadiens scrimmage this September, a roundtable on advanced stats, and more!

Jan 17, 2013; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais (51)
Jan 17, 2013; Montreal, QC, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price (31) makes a save against Montreal Canadiens forward David Desharnais (51)
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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Sportsnet just announced that it has reached a three-year broadcast rights agreement with the Montreal Canadiens. It is now the official English-language regional television rights holder, and for the first time all 82 games will be broadcast in English in the Habs' region. [EOTP]
  • Former Hurricanes depth forward Drayson Bowman just signed a professional tryout contract with the Habs. [EOTP]
  • Carey Price, his .927 save percentage, and how the Habs relied on one man's excellent goaltending to carry them through the 2014 playoffs. [La Métropole] For an even deeper breakdown that includes P.K. Subban, read CBS Sport's Canadiens summer feature. [CBS Eye on Sports]
  • How did Brendan Gallagher become a fan-favourite? His skill, resilience, and his cheerful personality might have something to do it. It's because as a 5"9 professional hockey player, Gallagher is a lamb who puck battles with the heart of a lion. [All Habs]
  • According to Bovada, Habs have a 9/2 chance of winning the 2014 Atlantic Division, ranking them third in the division behind the Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning. [Puck Daddy]
  • Fans are invited to watch the Canadiens Red and White scrimmage on September 22. It's technically free, but you need to get a voucher from a Canadian Tire store, which can then be redeemed online for a ticket. If you donate a pair of used skates through the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, you can get a seat in the Bell Centre’s Platinum or Prestige sections. [Canadiens]
  • Pierre McGuire returned to Melnick in the afternoon yesterday, and talked lots of P.K. Subban. [TSN690]

Around the League

  • Great roundtable on advanced stats in hockey, featuring Sean McIndoe, Jeff Veillette, James Mirtle, Steve "Dangle" Glynn, and Thomas Drance. All writers featured are heavily pro-fancy stats, and Steve Dangle sums it up pretty neatly in one of his responses:  [hybridstance.tumblr.com]
    Advanced stats are important because they give you another way to view the game. There’s a misconception by some that people who advocate advanced stats don’t watch the games or all they care about is numbers. Wrong. They’ve changed how I watch the game. If anything they make me pay even more attention. 
  • The New York Rangers lost much of the key players in its bottom six (Dan Carcillo, Brian Boyle, and Benoit Pouliot) to UFA. For the 2014-15 season, first line players like Derek Stepan, Rick Nash, and Chris Kreider must step up if they want to recapture the success of the previous year. [Blue Line Station]

  • NHL.com ranks it's top 14 centres. The first is (surprise) Sidney Crosby, but rookie Nathan MacKinnon makes it at number 13, which frankly scares me for the years to come. [NHL]

  • Quick cheatsheet if you want to learn about the 24 NHL prospects currently skating in the KHL. The Habs don't have any for now, but Rangers and Jets each have three. [The Hockey Writers]