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Friday Habs Links: Can Michel Therrien lead the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup?

Here are your daily links, including Max Pacioretty on his reaction to his concussion, Jeff Petry putting Montreal as his first choice, the issues Marc Bergevin have to address, and more.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • There's no denying that the Habs enjoyed a very successful regular season, but the question remains as to whether or not Michel Therrien is capable of leading this team to the promised land. [Metro]
  • EOTP's roundup of the Canadiens' playoff injuries. [EOTP]
  • Mike Weaver on the less expected type of playoff injury:

  • Max Pacioretty did not have a good time:

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  • Jeff Petry says that signing with Montreal is his first choice. Petry cost $3.075M this year, and will probably be looking for a pay rise for next season. [NBC Sports]
  • Alex Galchenyuk is satisfied with his season, saying that he thinks he had improved a lot compared to his first two years. Makes sense - Galchenyuk had amassed 46 points and 20 goals in 80 games. [La Presse] (French)
  • Lars Eller is struggling so hard not to be too snarky. Also check out this awkward silence after someone asks him if he was happy with his role on the team.

  • Six issues Marc Bergevin will have to address next season: no. 5) " L’avenir de Michel Therrien" - "The future of Michel Therrien". [La Presse] (French)
  • Bob McKenzie on what Montreal needs to do this off-season. He doesn't think Therrien will be moved. [TSN 690]

"I don't think that the Montreal Canadiens, like a lot of other teams in the NHL, love their coach. But you don't have to love him - you gotta play for him. And only Marc Bergevin can determine whether or not they stopped playing for him. And based on how they played in the playoffs, it doesn't look like a team who quit on their coach. It looked like a team grinding the gears, not scoring as much as they liked to. [...] I would be shocked if Montreal makes a coaching change between now and when the puck drops next season."

  • Members of 1993 Montreal Canadiens reflect on Canada’s Stanley Cup drought, now at 22 years. Well jeez, I'm sure everyone's trying very hard, alright? [National Post]
  • Press conference up ahead: