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Tuesday Habs Links: Dale Weise loving life with the Canadiens

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including Dale Weise living the dream, David Desharnais being named the NHL's third star of the week and remembering Claude Ruel.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • A little over a year ago, Dale Weise was absolutely miserable in Vancouver. Playing roughly 4 minutes a night under a coach who could care less about him, Weise was living a nightmare scenario. How things have changed. [The Gazette]
  • Claude Ruel, who served as Canadiens coach from 1968-71 and again from 1979-81, has passed away unexpectedly at the age of 76. His impact on the club was gigantic, and he will never be forgotten. [TVA]
  • David Desharnais has been named the NHL's third star of the week. Desharnais scored a goal and added five helpers for six points in three games last week. The solid offensive production comes after being reunited on a line with Max Pacioretty a week ago. [NHL]
  • With the Canadiens sweeping the season series against the Boston Bruins, the team has now won six straight games against their arch nemesis (dating back to last year's second round victory). With such dominance of late, Tony Marinaro argues that the rivalry is dead. [TSN]
  • Darren Dreger joined Mike Richards in the Morning and said the Toronto Maple Leafs overhaul could take years. He also mentioned that there is a lot of "buzz and noise" around the Habs, and that General Manager Marc Bergevin could "shake things up a bit" prior to the trade deadline. [TSN]
  • Our Robert Rice is back with his weekly prospects report. This week, he focuses on 2014 first round pick Nikita Scherbak. The 19-year-old is 8th in WHL scoring with 22 goals, 44 assists in 48 games this season. [EOTP]
  • This is just great. P.K. Subban and Nathan Beaulieu go head-to-head with their best impersonations of WWE legend The Rock. [Instagram]
  • Lastly, support the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation in their quest to help build outdoor rinks for kids living in disadvantaged communities. For just $10, you can get your hands on these totally awesome limited edition skate laces, and it's all for a good cause. [Tricolore Sports]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Bob McKenzie offers a great read on the Evander Kane trade possibilities for the Winnipeg Jets. He writes that it will be better for the Jets to wait until the summer to trade him. [TSN]
  • Thanks to a classy move by the Tampa Bay Lightning and the San Jose Sharks, Evgeni Nabokov will end his career where it began. The Bolts traded the 39-year-old goalie to the Sharks yesterday, with the expectation that he will announce his retirement on Wednesday. [Fear The Fin]
  • It appears we'll have to wait a little longer for Malcom Subban's NHL debut. The Bruins assigned the young goalie to Providence after recalling Niklas Svedberg from a conditioning stint. [Bruins]
  • A fan who attended yesterday's game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the Washington Capitals apparently thought that he was actually going to a Wizards game. He made an awesome sign to commemorate the occasion. [Deadspin]
  • A young Buffalo area hockey player unleashed his inner-Mike Legg meets Mikael Granlund for a wicked lacrosse style goal. [Puck Daddy]
  • Take a look inside last weekend's hockey analytics conference at Carleton University in Ottawa, which featured EOTP's Andrew Berkshire. [Sportsnet]
  • Lastly, the Hockey News released the cover of their upcoming Trade Deadline Preview edition, featuring Leafs star Phil Kessel. I'll refrain from commenting on this, but I'm curious to read your thoughts. [Hockey News]