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Wednesday Habs Headlines: Goaltending has been shaky for the Canadiens

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including goaltending concerns, making small changes and Vanek's return.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Montreal Canadiens' latest skid is due in part by receiving poor goaltending performances from Mike Condon and Dustin Tokarski. [Sportsnet]
  • Michel Therrien echoed this sentiment, calling for better showings from both of the team's back up goaltenders. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Habs Breakfast crew discuss whether its time to be worried about the Montreal Canadiens, while Sergio Momesso reviews how Jarred Tinordi looked during his first game of the season. [TSN 690 | Habs BreakfastMomesso]
  • The Habs are in a bit of a rough stretch at the moment, but not all hope is lost. Though the team is still without the services of its All-Star goaltender, there are minor tweaks that be made to the Canadiens to get them going again. [CTV News]
  • Thomas Vanek looked back at his time with the Montreal Canadiens fondly, mentioning that Marc Bergevin was one of the best general managers he had an opportunity to work with. He wasn't however, a fan of Michel Therrien's line blending tendencies. [La Presse]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • How probable is it for NHL teams to come back from a 3-0 deficit? [TSN]
  • Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon's new four-year contract extension, is a smart investment on the Wild's part. [NHL Numbers]
  • Team Canada's head coach Guy Boucher believes that his squad will be the underdogs at this year's Spengler Cup tournament. The Canadians last won the trophy in 2012. [CBC]
  • Elliotte Friedman thinks the Nashville Predators will need to make a big move soon, if they hope to compete for the Stanley Cup in his latest 30 Thoughts piece. He also shared this, about Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin. [Sportsnet]
One GM laughed at speculation that Marc Bergevin likes Wayne Simmonds because he went to Philadelphia in-person. (For the record, Bergevin said he was there for Team Canada.) "Do you think Marc Bergevin needs to go to Philadelphia to see that Wayne Simmonds is good? Everyone already knows that. Without going there."
  • The NHL will not be suspending Dalton Prout for crosschecking Pittsburgh Penguins forward Sergei Plotnikov. For reference, here is the original play made by Prout. [Vine]