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Thursday Habs Links: The Habs are still a work in progress

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Bergevin's cap management, the Habs are still in transition mode and fancy stats will soon be on

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Montreal Canadiens

  • GM Marc Bergevin has kept a keen eye on Montreal's cap space. With only a few restricted free agents to re-sign, the Canadiens have a lot of flexibility with regards to their salary cap. [Sportsnet]

  • Coach Michel Therrien is preaching patience when it come to the Habs, emphasizing the fact that the team is still going through a transition period. [Montreal Gazette]

  • Will this be the year that a goaltender wins the Hart? More importantly, will that goaltender be Carey Price? [Puck Daddy]

  • As good as Carey Price has been this season, the troubling fact that his team continues to be outshot on a regular basis hasn't been lost on him. [LaPresse - French]

  • Alexei Emelin will not be receiving additional discipline for his hit on Jason Spezza. [ProHockey Talk]

  • With the trade deadline fast approaching, Lars Eller's name has been thrown around as a possible trade option. [CBC]

  • A brand new $400 million dollar hockey stadium will open in Quebec City sometime this year. Yet, there are no signs which indicate that the Nordiques will return. So what do you do with the stadium? [National Post]

  • Habs prospect Artturi Lehkonen has been struggling to contribute offence after a quick start in his first season with Frölunda HC of the Swedish Hockey League.  He talked about his scoring difficulties, adjusting to life away from his native Finland, and more in a recent (mostly-English) interview: []

  • Check out how Dallas Stars fans reacted to being stymied by Price's play. [Defending Big D]

Around The League And Elsewhere

  • The NHL seems to be embracing fancy stats, as Corsi, Fenwick, and PDO will be added to its official website. So much for the "death of Corsi." [Puck Daddy]

  • In a bizarre twist of events, the same Buffalo Sabres who suspended Nikita Zadorov have now reinstated him. [CBS Sports]

  • Martin Brodeur will get set to hang up his skates with the St. Louis Blues after playing in the NHL for 22 seasons. Brodeur retires as the winningest goaltender in NHL history with 691 wins, adding three Stanley Cups and four Vezina Trophies in his career. [USA Today]

  • The AHL is expected to announce major changes to its Western Division. These changes will benefit NHL teams in the Western Conference, who often struggle to call up prospects from their minor league teams. [CBS Sports]

  • The NHL All-Star Game didn't end up drawing new fans and actually saw rankings drop when compared to previous years. [Toronto Star]

  • Honda teamed up with Alex Ovechkin to allow him to donate a brand new car to 10-year-old Capitals fan Ann Schaab. But according to Ann's mother, it wasn't the car which delighted her daughter: [Sportsnet]

    "I don't think she understood the significance of a car, what a big donation that is. There was one gentleman that interviewed [Ovechkin] after the game and he said something about 'a very special girl named Ann' and her face just lit up when she heard that. She said, 'That's me. He's talking about me.'"