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Saturday Habs Links: A terrible day for the Habs

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Here are your daily links, including Craig Anderson in the Bell Centre, why RDS is making watching the Habs difficult, Carey Price's Vezina nomination, and more.

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Apr 24, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) looks at the puck in his net. Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) scored the goal (not pictured) during the first period in game five of the first round of
Apr 24, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) looks at the puck in his net. Ottawa Senators defenseman Patrick Wiercioch (46) scored the goal (not pictured) during the first period in game five of the first round of
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Montreal Canadiens

  • Hal Gill talks about his recent retirement on TSN. [TSN 690]

  • Craig Anderson is familiar with playoff success in the Bell Centre, as demonstrated by our 2013 five game elimination from the Sens. [La Presse] (French)

  • If you're wondering why blackouts make the French version of Canadiens game so difficult to watch outside of its broadcast region, it's because of RDS and the new Roger's deal. Starting this season, the league has cracked down on lenient regional packages. [Globe and Mail]

  • Daniel Alfredsson sneaked into the Bell Centre yesterday morning to watch Game 5. Karma pays off, doesn't it? [Sportsnet]

  • I didn't want to, but I laughed out loud at Dave Cameron's press conference.

  • A bright spot in our day: Carey Price is a Vezina Trophy finalist, along with Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Devan Dubnyk of the Minnesota Wild. Not the toughest competition, but we'll see. [Canadiens]

Carey Price en lice pour le trophée Vézina. / Carey Price named a finalist for Vezina Trophy. #GoHabsGo #ThePriceIsRight

A photo posted by Canadiens de Montréal (@canadiensmtl) on


Around the League and Elsewhere

  • After nine years with the Boston Bruins, Peter Chiarelli is now the new GM and president of hockey operations for the Edmonton Oilers. Is this the dawn of the McDavid Era? [The Copper and the Blue]

  • When asked about "Katy Perry" chants directed against Anaheim's Corey Perry, Gary Bettman fired back this line: "You think that’s sexist? Taunting chants aren’t intended to be sexist." You're right, Gary, sometimes they're intended to be homophobic instead. [Wall Street Journal]

  • The owner of the San Jose Sharks wrote a bizarre, rambling letter to the public to explain the Sharks' disappointing season. "Steering straight"? Wish he wrote the entire thing using shark metaphors instead. [Fear the Fin]

The answer is that it doesn't matter anymore, we are where we are. Seven young players made the team, another few hopefuls with great success stories in the juniors can be watched playing for the Barracuda next season. Once we committed ourselves to the rebuild we had to steer straight, even if there was some disappointment.

  • Ben Bishop scores a fantastic own goal on Tampa. [Puck Daddy]