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Saturday Habs Links: Bergevin wants you to believe in Therrien

Here are your daily links, including more news on Max Pacioretty's injuries, a roundup of Marc Bergevin's press conference, P.K.'s little brother getting signed by Vancouver, and more.

Apr 17, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien reacts during the third period against Ottawa Senators and center David Desharnais (51) and left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) in game t
Apr 17, 2015; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien reacts during the third period against Ottawa Senators and center David Desharnais (51) and left wing Max Pacioretty (67) and defenseman Nathan Beaulieu (28) in game t
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Montreal Canadiens

  • After a disappointing early exit from the playoffs, Tomas Plekanec is headed to Prague to play for the Czech national team, he'll face Canada this morning at 9:00am EST. [Canadiens]
  • EOTP's roundup of Marc Bergevin's press conference on Friday. Amongst other news:  Sergei Gonchar, Manny Malhotra, and Mike Weaver are leaving. Michel Therrien and Sylvain Lefebvre are staying. [EOTP]
  • On the new episode of the Ice Level podcast, Andrew, Conor, and Robyn delved even deeper into Bergevin's comments, and what they might mean for the Habs going forward. [EOTP]
  • Is Alex Galchenyuk ready to be a full-time centre? Or should Montreal start looking elsewhere for a player to fill the gap? [Sportsnet]

At this point, getting Galchenyuk in the middle seems as obvious as figuring out your next move when you’ve got a jar of peanut butter in one hand and two slabs of bread in the other.

But there was Bergevin, suddenly referencing the fact Galchenyuk used to play a little wing in junior, too, and mentioning that he didn’t excel in defensive coverage when the Canadiens gave him a brief look at centre for about a dozen games around Christmastime.

  • Marc Bergevin puts all his support behind Michel Therrien as the head coach, citing the Habs 50 wins and the second best record of 29 playoff games in three years. "So Michel Therrien has done excellent work and it is disappointing—just the idea that Michel Therrien isn’t an established coach, a winner, a quality teacher—it doesn’t anger me, it disappoints me." [Sportsnet]
  • Other quotes from the press conference:

"I was still in Florida, I was basically in lockdown in my room," he said. "(The biggest symptom) was mostly dizziness, I tried to get up the next day, they tried to work on me and I had like a little mini panic attack. I just wanted to go back and sleep. I slept most of those two days."

  • P.K. Subban talks about star power and the playoff disappointment. [TSN 690]
  • This may be slightly worse than a microfracture: