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Tuesday Habs Links: Life without Brendan Gallagher is tough

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]