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Tuesday Habs Links: Should the Habs expect more from Lars Eller?

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including justifying Lars Eller's lack of offensive production, Carey Price being named the NHL's First Star of the Week and more on the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Lars Eller is often called out for his lack of offensive production, but is it justified? With just 8 goals and 15 points in 44 games this season, it's easy to criticize him. However, Olivier Bouchard argues that the role Michel Therrien has Eller playing isn't conducive to point production and that he is exactly where we should expect him to be. [La Presse]
  • With just one goal in his last 19 games, Eller is undoubtedly mired in a slump; but he could certainly use some help. The 25-year-old Dane isn't the only one struggling, as the team's bottom six forwards have combined for just a single point in their last eight games. [The Gazette]
  • Carey Price was named the recipient of the Molson Cup for January. I have no idea why I even bother posting about this any more... [Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens continue to rise in the NHL Power Rankings. The aforementioned Price is obviously a huge reason for the climb, while Max Pacioretty continues to fly under the radar despite being an enormous part of the teams success. [SB Nation]
  • Elliotte Friedman joined Tim and Sid for a very interesting discussion yesterday, questioning if the Habs need to add a major piece in order to contend for the Stanley Cup right now. [Sportsnet]
  • After missing his first opportunity to play in Montreal with an injury earlier this season, Ex-Habs defenseman Josh Gorges is really looking forward to playing his first game at the Bell Centre since being traded by the team. [TVA]
  • Should Jiri Sekac be utilized differently? Le Journal of Montreal's JF Chaumont believes so, saying he should be given a much bigger opportunity. [TSN 690]
  • Bob McKenzie joined the Montreal 690 Morning Show to discuss rumours that Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green could be on the trading block. Could he be a fit for the Habs? [TSN 690]
  • And here's a great photo of the boys from their Super Bowl party at Lorbeer on Sunday. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Surprisingly, Carey Price wasn't named a Star of the Month. There's no doubt that Alex Ovechkin was deserving of the First Star, while John Tavares warranted a star as well. However, Boston Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask was named Third Star. His numbers were definitely impressive, sporting a 7-1-3 record, 1.61 goals against average and a .949 save percentage. But were they superior to those of Price? [NHL]
  • Even as a fan of the Canadiens, it's tough not to feel bad for Toronto Maple Leafs fans right now. Things continue to go from bad to worse for the struggling Leafs. In fact, this might be as bad as it's ever been. The team recorded just one victory in January. [Sportsnet]
  • Could Mike Babcock win the Jack Adams award? It's a difficult question to argue against. The Detroit Red Wings continue to surprise everyone year after year, sitting near the top of the Eastern Conference standings with 67 points in just 50 games. [Winging It In Motown]
  • With a ticket drive forthcoming to prove that Las Vegas could be in the NHL, an ad was taken out during the Super Bowl in order to raise awareness. [Puck Daddy]
  • Remember the idea of 3-on-3 overtime? It appears the NHLPA isn't too keen on the possibility. [USA Today]
  • After battling adversity, fighting the OHL for the right to education while adjusting to life away from home in another country, Milan Doczy faces his toughest battle yet. The former OHL'er was recently diagnosed with skin cancer. [National Post]
  • NHL top prospect Connor McDavid sat down with Damian Cox for an honest interview, speaking about how it's hard to keep up with his image and to outdo himself year after year. [Sportsnet]
  • Lastly, speaking of the NHL draft, check out this awesome site. [NHL Lottery Simulator]