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Sunday Habs Links: The Criminally Underrated Tomas Plekanec

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including how Plekanec evolved his game, having the better American forward in Max Pacioretty and Norris Trophy contenders.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Tomas Plekanec has always been one of the NHL's best two-way centres, but surprisingly he wasn't always such a player. "Actually, I didn't know anything about defense. I played from the red line to the opposition's goal line." [NHL]
  • There is a lot in common between Max Pacioretty and Phil Kessel, with both snipers playing in the most popular Canadian NHL franchises. Yet, reactions to both players' on ice performance, couldn't be anymore different. [Sportsnet]
  • Despite the long standing rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens, P.K. Subban was willing to defend Phil Kessel. [ProHockeyTalk]
  • Here's Steve Dangle's reaction to the latest Leafs loss, this time courtesy of the Habs. [YouTube]
  • Former Habs goaltender Jose Theodore reflects on a time when him and Jeff Hackett were competing for the same starting job. Despite the competition, Hackett took Theodore under his wing and helped him succeed. [Sportsnet]
  • Brendan Gallagher and Alex Galchenyuk read some nice tweets for Valentine's Day and take some not so nice jabs at each other. Enjoy! [YouTube]                                                                            

Around The League And Elsewhere

  • It should be no surprise that a pair of defensemen from the Calgary Flames are the leading contenders for the Norris Trophy. [NHL Numbers]
  • With the introduction of the World Cup of Hockey and no new information regarding the NHL's participation in the Olympics, will NHL players be present at the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea? [ESPN]
  • The Dallas Stars couldn't catch a break, as they lost Tyler Seguin to injury and watched Patrick Eaves get hit in the head by a slapshot from his own teammate. [SBNation]
  • Forward Sean Bergenheim's agent has requested the Florida Panthers to trade his client, following head coach Gallant's comments. Gallant had stated the following about Bergenheim, "If he gave me 100 percent [against the Wild], he'd be playing tonight. That's fair."  [Puck Daddy]
  • Alas trading for Chris Neil may have to wait, as the Ottawa Senators forward will be out indefinitely due to a fractured thumb. [TSN]