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Friday Habs Links: Eller & Emelin as trade bait?

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Here are your daily links, including the trade rumours surrounding Lars Eller and Alexei Emelin, why Marc Bergevin is the busiest GM around trade deadline, how Carey Price's stance makes all the difference, and more.

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MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 2: Lars Eller #81 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on November 2, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Flames defeated the Canadiens 6-2. (Photo by Richard Wol
MONTREAL, QC - NOVEMBER 2: Lars Eller #81 of the Montreal Canadiens skates during the NHL game against the Calgary Flames at the Bell Centre on November 2, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The Flames defeated the Canadiens 6-2. (Photo by Richard Wol
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Bob McKenzie on TSN Insider Trading: "The Montreal Canadiens are a very good hockey team, and GM Marc Bergevin will be looking to improve that. Much more likely too, is a hockey deal as opposed to rentals." Video at the link [TSN]

  • Pierre Lebrun: "I think he [Marc Bergevin]’s willing to add a piece both on defense and up front if he can pull it off before the March 2 deadline." [ESPN]

  • Geoff Molson wants to host an outdoor game in Montreal's Parc Jean-Drapeau, on île Notre-Dame. [RDS] (French)

  • A rare occurrence but the Hamilton Bulldogs currently have too many veteran players, who cannot all play without violating AHL rules. [The Hamilton Spectator]

  • Watch Max Pacioretty work on his shot at practice. Wow

Répéter...encore et encore.../ Patch working on that wicked shot... #GoHabsGo

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  • Okay, now watch Carey Price practising his shot. Double wow? [Canadiens]

  • Why is Carey Price so damn good? Sportsnet thinks it has to do with his low, athletic stance. [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • NHL teams will remove their roof-mounted air cannons (the ones that shoot confetti inside arena) after a piece broke off and concussed a B.C teenager. The teen's family is currently suing the Vancouver Canucks, the team's owners, and  the company who made the air cannons. [TSN]

  • A year after suffering a serious stroke, Kris Letang is back and playing some the league's best defense. [CBS Sports]

  • If draft picks are basically weighted lottery tickets, what are your team's chances of picking someone who will become a bona fide NHL-calibre player? A look at the exact percentages. [TSN]

  • #OttAnalytics: Carleton University just hosted the biggest hockey analytics conference to date. Check out what panels were presented in this conference roundup, which includes some EOTP material from our very own Andrew Berkshire. [NHL Numbers]

  • Andrew also appeared on the podcast Lowdown with Lowetide, with Allan Mitchell. [Soundcloud]

  • Carey Price's sister, Kayla Price, is dating Vancouver defenceman Yannick Weber. Their father, Jerry Price, was just invited on a two night road trip with the Canucks. He roomed with Weber. This sounds like the beginning of a sitcom. [Vancouver Sun]

  • Remember that year when hockey died? Down Goes Brown looks at how far we've come since the 2005 lockout. [Grantland]