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Sunday Habs Links: Are the Habs contenders or pretenders?

Here are your daily links, including Habs players defending Therrien's system, how teams escape from the NHL basement, women Olympians still trying to fundraise, and more.

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Mar 14, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski (35) during pregame warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 14, 2015; Uniondale, NY, USA; Montreal Canadiens goaltender Dustin Tokarski (35) during pregame warmups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Can Michel Therrien lead the Habs to a Stanley Cup? Without dismissing his strong points, the answer is...less than positive. [CBS Sports]

Therrien has a reputation for being a great defensive coach and having a strong defensive system. But good defensive hockey doesn't result in consistently being one of the 10 worst teams in the league when it comes to preventing shots and being fortunate enough to have a great goalie.

  • From the Canadiens' March 14 notebook: Nathan Beaulieu really wants another chance to prove himself. "It’s all about results and performance, so it’s in my hands." He did end up playing yesterday while Sergei Gonchar sat out. [Canadiens]
  • P.K. Subban and Lars Eller offer their take on Michel Therrien's system, specifically about the dump-and-chase. They're in favour, arguing that the Habs are fast enough to make it worthwhile. [NHL]

"It's called puck placement," Subban said. "I think if you're just giving it back to the other team that's not what you want to do. You want to chip to support, chip to a guy skating or put it in a spot where, we have a fast team, it's a foot race. I like our chances in those battles."

  • How do teams like the Montreal Canadiens, the Calgary Flames, and the Tampa Bay Lightning go from bottom of the league to playoff contenders in a few short years? (recall how bleak the 2011-12 season was in Montreal) Here are quick summaries of their journey. [The Star]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • With the Bulldogs' move to Newfoundland, Hamilton will return to the OHL.The Belleville Bulls will move to replace the Bulldogs, but nothing is going to replace the Bulls. Jack Miller, the voice of the Bulls for 34 years, reminisces. [TSN 690]
  • Should the NHL suspend Mike Ribeiro for his sexual assault case? [On the Forecheck]
  • After playing for awhile in Germany, Douglas Murray will join the Calgary Flames on a tryout basis. [Puck Daddy]
  • "Josh Ho-Sang vs. the world". I genuinely hope he and the New York Islanders win the Cup one day, if only to watch hockey media implode on itself. [Sportsnet]

There’s something endearing about Ho-Sang’s outlook. The brazen self-assuredness; the cavalier cockiness; the willingness to speak his mind, even when directly affronting those who could hold his career in their hands, out of principle and a determined certainty that he’s right; the undying belief that he’s going to be great.

  • A list of college free agents who might draw NHL interest. [USA Today]
  • The best women hockey players somehow still owe their team money. At one point, Hilary Knight and her teammates "owed" the Boston Blades $350 each, as part of their mandatory fundraising. [ESPN]