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Saturday Habs Links: Michel Therrien has a complicated relationship with the blue line

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Here are your daily links, including the Habs' status approaching March 2, Jarred Tinordi's first night back in the Bell Centre, Michel Therrien on why Lars Eller and Jiri Sekac missed the shootout, and more.

Feb 19, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien looks on from the bench during the second period against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 19, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien looks on from the bench during the second period against the Florida Panthers at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports
Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Montreal Canadiens

  • Pierre Lebrun weighs in on Montreal's status approaching trade deadline. Alexei Emelin is out, but Habs are not feeling stressed just yet. Conclusion: Buyer, but not urgent. [TSN]

  • Bob McKenzie backs that up:

  • What do the names Jordan Eberle, Nail Yakupov, Jeff Petry, Patrick Sharp, Bryan Bickell, Tyler Bozak, Daniel Winnik, Joffrey Lupul and Roman Polak all have in common? They've all came up in trade rumours involving Montreal. I think Marc Bergevin is just using his reputation to troll around at this point. [Sportsnet]

  • Jarred Tinordi had a shaky start for his first game back in the NHL, but makes up for it with that Derek Mackenzie hit. [Montreal Gazette]

  • Tinordi just turned 23 this Friday.

Joyeux anniversaire, Jarred! / Habby birthday, Tinner! #GoHabsGo

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  • Therrien still praised the performance of Jarred Tinordi, Christian Thomas, Jacob De La Rose and Greg Pateryn against the Panthers. "We have a very young blue line, but we didn’t give up many scoring chances. We’ve been saying for a long time that we’re a young team. We’re in transition." [Canadiens]

  • That's nice, but why were defencemen P.K. Subban and Andrei Markov sent to the shootout before forwards like Lars Eller or Jiri Sekac? Therrien: "Sekac and Eller haven't scored in two months. I went with the guys who have the aptitude". [La Presse] (French)

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • With the Boston Bruins in danger of missing the playoffs, Peter Chiarelli and Claude Julien's jobs are on the line. Both these guys will be snapped up in a hot second if Boston lets them go, but lets luxuriate in the schadenfreude for a bit longer. [TSN]

  • Malcolm Subban made his first NHL start yesterday, against the St. Louis Blues. [Stanley Cup of Chowder]

  • Think you can become a NHL GM? Did you ever play in the NHL? Take a look at this infographic guide to every general manager in the league. [Grantland]

  • Jen LC analyses penalty killing: "how can we tell what makes a good one other than 'didn't give up many goals'". It's all about the goaltender. [Wordpress]

  • Down Goes Brown's weekly NHL Grab Bag: "Farewell, Mustache Stat". [Grantland]

  • New NHL stats page! New NHL stats page!