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Wednesday Habs Links: Michel Therrien explains Montreal's powerplay woes

Here are your daily links, including the Habs; powerplay troubles, the implications of Tinordi's concussion, why we need more players like P.K. Subban, and more.

Jan 10, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien talks to players during a third period against Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 10, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien talks to players during a third period against Pittsburgh Penguins at Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports
Jean-Yves Ahern-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens

  • Jiri Sekac will attend the All-Star game as a rookie. Not gonna lie - my first reaction on seeing the headline was: "how did they misspell Subban as Sekac?". [EOTP]
  • Don't forget about Nikita Scherbak, who is still ambitious as ever. He says that he has never even considered the KHL, focused on playing in North America instead. He also acknowledges that this type of thinking may have cost him the WJC roster spot. [Journal de Montreal] (French)
  • Jeremy Roenick says that the NHL could use some more personalities like P.K. Subban. [Sportsnet]

"You need Ovechkin, guys like P.K. They bring that out. We just need more of it. And you can be outlandish and still be respectful. The NHL doesn’t like when someone rises above the head count. And guys are really respectful, too. You just have idiots like myself, because we knew it’s an entertainment sport."

  • From Elliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts: watch David Desharnais's even-strength usage. He's second on the team, but it's been dropping. [Sportsnet]
  • Jarred Tinordi's concussion raises the old debate about fighting in hockey. A reminder that even the toughest guys are more fragile than we think. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Michel Therrien has zero interest in dissecting his lineup changes with the media - so watch his media press conference here. [TSN 690]
  • From Arpon Basu:

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Seven years after Alex Ovechkin's contract: was he worth the money? [Jasper's Rink]
  • Johnny Gaudreau is actually trying to trademark his nickname, "Johnny Hockey". The application is currently pending in Canada and the U.S. [TSN]
  • Dominik Hasek, arguably the greatest goalie of all time, had his no.39 retired by the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday. [NHL]
  • Calgary Flames have a bright future in terms of centre depth: check out this advanced stats breakdown of Sean Monahan's development into an elite two-way centre. [Matchsticks and Gasoline]
  • Fabulous: Junior hockey player almost knocks himself out with his own stick. [Twitter]