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Tuesday Habs Links: Life without Brendan Gallagher is tough

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Here are your daily links, including Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price keeping sane through IR stint, Habs prospect news, Patrick Marleau's ugly christmas sweater, and more!

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Montreal Canadiens links:

  • The Canadiens are definitely feeling the effects of life without Brendan Gallagher, but Mike Condon isn't part of the problem. [Metro]
  • Brendan Gallagher hasn't ruled out playing in the Winter Classic just yet, although he said the chances are very slim. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens have placed Devante Smith-Pelly on injured-reserve, retroactive to last Thursday. [TVA]
  • ICYMI: The Alex Semin experiment seems to be over, as he was placed on waivers by the Canadiens on Monday. [EOTP]
  • Habs goaltender Dustin Tokarski is taking the high road back from St. John's. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Brendan Gallagher met with media on Monday in Brossard and explained his reasoning for the Twitter fight with former NHLer, Jim Kyte. [Yahoo!]
  • Eric Engels of Sportsnet confirmed that the Canadiens show, 24CH, will be returning for a fourth season starting in January. [SN]
  • Former Hab Travis Moen reached out to Carey Price on Twitter and thanked him for the goalie lessons Carey gave his son, because Travis' son decided to be a goalie:
  • In case you're wondering, Brendan Gallagher and Carey Price have been keeping sane during their injured-reserve stints:
  • The win/loss column won't explain just how much the Canadiens have actually improved this year. [EOTP]
  • Habs prospect Lukas Vejdemo has been named to Sweden's preliminary roster for the upcoming World Juniors. [EOTP]
  • In Canadiens affiliate news, the Brampton Beast have traded for a goaltender. [Beast]

Around the NHL and elsewhere:

  • Check out this NHL draft proposal that is just so crazy that it might work. [PPP]
  • Team USA has released their pre-tournament camp roster for the upcoming World Juniors. [USA Hockey]
  • Exploring differences and disagreements over 3-on-3 overtime. [EOTP]
  • According to Gary Bettman, the salary cap could go as high as $74.5M next season. [TVA]
  • Patrick Marleau and his wife are getting into the Christmas spirit. Check out Marleau's sweater. [Twitter]
  • The Canucks are going through a rough time right now, and captain Henrik Sedin ripped into the team following their loss to the Bruins on Saturday night. [PHT]
  • A new world record Teddy Bear Toss happened, as 28,815 toys were donated at the WHL Calgary Hitmen game on Sunday night. [THN]
  • Blackhawks forward Artem Anisimov, Rangers d-man Keith Yandle among the NHL's five more "under appreciated" players. [Eye On Hockey]
  • Brad Marchand kind of defended Brandon Prust by saying "it's part of the game", in reaction to the spear he received from Prust. [PHT]
  • Why is the underrated Blake Wheeler so effective? Sportsnet has the answer. [SN]
  • The Sharks have activated Logan Couture from the IR after missing 23 games. [The Score]
  • The AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins performed a rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. [Puck Daddy]
  • You have to see this KHL goal from the other day. A player made a one-footed, no look pass for an incredible goal. [THN]