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Wednesday Habs Links: Brandon Prust defends fighting in the NHL

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Prust's defence of fighting, unrealistic expectations on Subban and the Devils' awful season.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Brandon Prust provides insight into why fighting and enforcers are a necessary part of the NHL. He also sheds light on the emotional and physical tolls, fighting causes. [The Players Tribune]
  • Has PK Subban's Norris trophy win and contract extension, created unrealistic expectations with regards to his on-ice performance? Despite being the Habs' best blueliner this season, Subban finds himself in 'good but not good enough' territory. [L'actualite - French]
  • Carey Price is giving his team every chance to win, even making up for Montreal's inability to score goals. [The National]
  • Marc Bergevin's cap conscious tendencies has left him in an advantageous position in comparison to other GMs, especially as the Canadian dollar continues to fall. [Nicholson Hockey]
  • Watch as Brendan Gallagher and Mike Weaver go head to head in an egg roulette duel. It's a "smashing" hit. [Canadiens]
  • Artturi Lehkonen and Frolunda Gothenburg were on the losing end of a comeback, as Lulea Hockey powered its way to an European Trophy. [Champion Hockey League]

Around The League And Elsewhere

  • Last New Jersey Devils were an oddity - a strong possession team that was done in by poor goaltending. This year's team however, is legitimately bad. [TSN]
  • Referee Tim Peel was suspended for one game, after an article featuring him and hockey blogger Greg Wyshynski gained popularity. Yet, that wasn't the strangest part of this story. [Puck Daddy]
  • Detroit Red Wings legend Gordie Howe is recovering well from his stroke, after receiving stem-cell treatment. [NHL]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs continue to find new ways to be awful, as they gave up a short handed goal to the opposing team's defenseman. To be fair to the Leafs though, Seth Jones is a pretty good defenseman. [Sportsnet]
  • Should the NHL do more to protect its players? As former professional hockey players continue to suffer from degenerative brain diseases, Bob McKenzie voices his concerns. [TSN]
"I do sometimes get a terrible sense of foreboding, that as the speed of the game has dramatically increased every decade since the 1960s, both the quality and quantity of impact to the players' brains have increased, too. Perhaps we're only looking at the tip of a very large iceberg in hockey."