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Saturday Habs Links: You can't beat the (Michel Therrien) system

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Here are your daily links, including why the Habs are over-relying on Carey Price, Scott Gomez on his time in Montreal, the history of the Richard Riots, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Scott Gomez writes about success and failure in his hockey career, and about his time in Montreal. [The Player's Tribune]

I suppose the easy narrative is to chalk this up as a story of a guy getting lost before finding his way. That’s just not true, I never, ever lost my ability to play hockey.

  • A longform read about the fascinating historical and social context of the Richard Riots. Note: even without hockey, this would be one of my favourite parts of Montreal history. [SB Nation]

The people of Montreal took Campbell’s punishment personally. A French-Canadian in the offices at The Montreal Gazette wept openly. A city bus driver was so distraught by the ruling he missed a flashing railway signal and almost killed his passengers. "No sports decision ever hit the Montreal public with such impact. It seemed to strike at the very heart and soul of the city," Sidney Katz observed in Maclean’s.
  • The Canadiens notebook for Friday: Greg Pateryn arrives in Montreal, the Habs have at least 11 games left against playoff teams, and Parenteau talks about yesterday's loss. [Canadiens]
  • Parenteau retains some fond memories of his time in Nassau Coliseum, where his NHL career really took off. [La Presse] (French)
  • Habs prospect Mark MacMillan just underwent surgery for a lower body injury. He will not finish the rest of his college hockey season. [Grand Forks Herald]
  • A quick comparison between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Montreal Canadiens makes it frighteningly clear just how screwed the Habs would be without Price. [L'actualite] (French)
  • Some damn good tweets from Montreal Gazette's Christopher Curtis:


Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Not exactly sure what this has to do with Make-a-Wish Canada, but an adult fan will attend 30 NHL games in 30 different cities over 30 consecutive nights. That's definitely a way to spend $30,000, I guess. [Sportsnet]
  • The Arizona Coyotes lost $16 million dollars under one year of private ownership. [Five for Howling]
  • Joe Thornton, tired of his GM blaming his stripped 'C' on Thornton's propensity to lash out, proceeds to lash out. "Doug needs to shut his mouth." [Fear the Fin]
  • Eliotte Friedman's 30 Thoughts - here we go again about video replay review on goaltender interference. [Sportsnet]
  • The success of the L.A. Kings may have sparked an obsession with "heavy" playing, but at a (surely inflated) 5"9 150 lbs, Johhny Gaudreau proves skill is more important than size. [CBS Sports]