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Here are your daily links, including Canadiens prospects filling in nicely, Gallagher returns to the ice, Daniel Audette dominating, World Juniors news, 2017 Winter Classic rumours, and more!

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Montreal Canadiens links:

  • The Habs recent call-ups, led by Sven Andrighetto, have been playing pretty well and fitting in nicely for the injury-plagued team. [Metro]
  • Michel Therrien confirmed it will be Dustin Tokarski between the pipes tonight, getting his third-straight start against the San Jose Sharks. [LP]
  • Brendan Gallagher skated on Monday, for the first time since his November 22 injury. His goal is to return for the Winter Classic. [Canadiens]
  • Torrey Mitchell was back doing line rushes penalty kill work during practice on Monday. All signs point to a return tonight against San Jose. [JDM]
  • With Torrey Mitchell back, Michel Therrien has shuffled his lines yet again. [EOTP]
  • EPIX Road to the Winter Classic crew was at Habs practice on Monday, capturing it all. The first episode airs tomorrow on Sportsnet following Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey (Ottawa vs. Washington game). [LNH]
  • The St. John's IceCaps had their annual visit to the Children's Hospital in St. John's on Monday. The team donated $10,000, and the players spent the day with children:
  • Historia announced they are making a documentary on Canadiens legend, Jean Béliveau's career. It will air sometime in 2017. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Daniel Audette returns to his dominating ways, with 4 points in 1 game last week. [EOTP]
  • Habs prospect Lukas Vejdemo: from unknown, to top prospect. [AATH]
  • ICYMI: Here's your weekly dose of Canadiens comics. [EOTP]
  • In great news, former Hamilton Bulldog (now St. John's IceCaps), Jake Dowell, announced he tested negative for Huntington's Disease. [Puck Daddy]

Around the NHL and elsewhere:

  • Arik Parnass talks about fourth lines and weighing intangibles. [APH]
  • Steven Stamkos will likely bolt from the Tampa Bay Lightning, here's why. [Globe&Mail]
  • Jake Virtanen, the accidental Canadian from Finland, looks to help Canada win another gold medal this upcoming WJC in Finland. [SN]
  • In more WJC news, the Hurricanes will not release Noah Hanifin to Team USA for the tournament. [Raleigh News]
  • Leon Draisaitl is having a very good season with the Edmonton Oilers. He's currently second in the NHL in points per 60 minutes. [SN]
  • We had our first roster player trade in the league last night! Trevor Daley went to Pittsburgh for Rob Scuderi. Pittsburgh retained 1/4 of Scuderi's salary. [Penguins]
  • Leafs goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, will be getting the start tonight against the Tampa Bay Lightning. He currently has a 0-8-1 record with a .888 SV% and 3.28 GAA with Toronto this season. [The Score]
  • Pascal Dupuis talks about his career and his decision to stop playing hockey. [Penguins]
  • Jack Johnson has decided he will not sue his parents for the bankruptcy they caused him. [TSN]
  • Rumour has it that the Leafs could host the Rangers in the 2017 Winter Classic in Toronto at BMO Field. [TLN]
  • Are the Dallas Stars too one-dimensional to win the Stanley Cup? [EOH]
  • In response to the rumour that the Maple Leafs are getting a new logo, original 6 teams getting new logos really isn't anything new. [SportsLogos]
  • The KHL is expanding to China next season. The team will be located in Beijing. [The Score]
  • Former NHL player, Brad Mills, talks about being a "bubble player" his entire career. [Players' Tribune]
  • Ducks forward Nate Thompson has been suspended three games for his hit on Hurricanes d-man, Justin Faulk. [PHT]