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Thursday Habs Links: Galchenyuk vs Yakupov

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Galchenyuk's friendship, Price's spectacular season and a blockbuster trade between the Jets and Sabres.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • As Alex Galchenyuk gets set to celebrate his 21st birthday at the Bell Centre, a showdown awaits with his former teammate Nail Yakupov. The 2012 first and third overall picks remain on good terms, despite the different directions in which their teams have been moving. [Sportsnet]
  • The Canadiens did their best to destroy Carey Price's replacement at practice. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Speaking of Price, where does he rank among the candidates who are competing for the Vezina this season? [NHL Numbers]
  • Oddly enough, the Montreal Canadiens sport a higher winning percentage when they dump the puck in as opposed to attempting controlled zone entries and this may explain why. [Boucher Scouting]
  • Check out this new Habs campaign! Purchase these laces from the Montreal Canadiens Children's Foundation to help build outdoor rinks for kids living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods. [YouTube]

Around The League And Elsewhere

  • We have a trade to announce! The Buffalo Sabres have traded Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, Joel Armia, Brendan Lemieux and a first round pick to the Winnipeg Jets, in exchange for Evander Kane, Zach Bogosian and Jason Kasdorf. [Arctic Ice Hockey]
  • This trade will also serve to help the Buffalo Sabres along in their quest to rebuild, as the current edition of the team is on track to earn just 52 points this season. [CBS Sports]
  • Statistics prove that teams that get out-hit tend to win more games. This even applies to teams that have developed reputations as being "tougher" teams to play against, such as the Boston Bruins. [Hockey-Graphs]
  • Evgeni Nabokov is set to retire after a 14-year NHL career. Drafted 219th overall in 1994, Nabokov would go on to win 293 games and post 50 shutouts. [NHL]
  • Former NHLer Joe Juneau has created an inspiring program, one which allows kids living in Canada's far north to learn valuable life skills through playing hockey. [Sportsnet]
  • How much does height influence how well a player will perform in the NHL? Not much, apparently. [NHL Numbers]