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Thursday Habs Headlines: Mike Condon's unlikely journey to the NHL

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including Mike Condon's path to the NHL, P.K. Subban's Winter Classic expectations, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Holding down one of the most scrutinized positions in all of sports is not easy, but Mike Condon has already beat some pretty insurmountable to odds to get to where he is now. [NHL]
  • Mike Condon's play has converted at least one Boston Bruins' fan into a fan of the Montreal Canadiens - his own father, to be exact! [CBC]
  • Our very own Marc Dumont was on TSN 690 to share his thoughts on Montreal's new lines, and the team's recent moves. [TSN 690]
  • Unsurprisingly, if there is one thing P.K. Subban looks forward to at the Winter Classic, it's the booing. [NHL]
  • "I still don't know what I've done toward the Bruins," he said. "But somebody once said that they don't boo nobodies."
  • Speaking of the Winter Classic, here's how you can catch the Road to the NHL Winter Classic series. [Sportsnet]
  • It was Rick Dudley who advised Marc Bergevin to stay in contact with the all the other general managers in the league, and Bergevin has certainly taken that advice to heart. [Journal De Montreal]
  • Having gained a well-deserved call up to the Canadiens, Charles Hudon is hoping to use the experience to improve his game. [Journal Metro]
  • The Canadiens' gave back to the community by making their annual visit to the Montreal Children's Hospital. [Montreal Gazette]
  • With both young and veteran players suffering the long lasting effects of having a concussion, just how important is it for the Canadiens' organization to ensure that their players are healthy? [L'actualite]
  • Jeff Petry and Devante Smith-Pelly go head to head in a chopstick challenge!

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • Retired NHL player Patrick O'Sullivan recounted his abuse filled childhood, and tries to explain why no one around him would intervene on his behalf. [The Players' Tribune]
  • Broward County has come to a new agreement with the Florida Panthers, ensuring that the NHL team will stay there for the next 8 seasons via an $86 million financial grant. [Litter Box Cats]
  • Elliotte Friedman's latest 30 Thoughts article touches on NHL expansion talks, and Mike Hoffman's fantastic start to the season, among other things. It also contains this interesting nugget. [Sportsnet]
World Cup assignments really add to the scouting guessing game. Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin was in Toronto the night before Mike Babcock was named coach. Asked if he was in town for the media conference, he smiled and said, "No, I’m just here to watch a game."
Last week, Bergevin was in Philadelphia, telling TVA’s Renaud Lavoie that it was a Team Canada mission. Blues GM Doug Armstrong saw five games in the New York area last week. He laughed and said, "I can use the cloak of Team Canada" when asked about it.
  • Is there a way for NHL players to get better at the shootout, and improve their odds of scoring? [Hockey-Graphs]
  • The National Women's Hockey League responded to Brian Burke's interview regarding the future of women's hockey. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sweden's national coach believes that having too many NHL players on his squad results in poor showings at the World Championships. [Expressen]
  • Even watching the film 'Concussion' induced panic amongst the group of retired NFL players the movie was screened too. [The MMQB]