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Wednesday Habs Links: Michael McCarron's versatility is paying dividends

Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including Mccarron's strong Memorial Cup showing, Andrei Kostitsyn wanting to return to the NHL and Chicago's impending salary cap problems.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Michael McCarron has his sights set on winning the Memorial Cup, even if that means scoring more goals on fellow Canadiens' prospect Zach Fucale. The towering six-foot-six centre has developed into a considerable two-way threat for the Oshawa Generals. [Times Colonist]
  • McCarron is also relishing his opportunity to play in Quebec. With 3 points, 14 shots on net and a fight against Flyers' prospect Samuel Morin, he's certainly making a great first impression. [London Free Press]
"All these guys are (Habs) fans and they haven’t been able to watch me in my career because I’ve been in Ontario. This is the first really good chance to see what I’m about."
  • Owner Geoff Molson looked back favourably on the Canadiens' playoffs performance. Though disappointed with the end result, Molson was quick to point out that the team hit 13 goalposts during the playoffs and that luck plays a role in determining postseason success. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Former Montreal Canadien Andrei Kostitsyn is eying a return to the NHL. Kostitsyn, who has spent the last three seasons in the KHL, is in talks with teams to sign a one year deal. In the seven seasons he spent in Montreal, Kostitsyn put up 99 goals and a 111 assists. [Sportsnet]
  • There are four controversies involving the Montreal Canadiens, which have made this list. Can you name all four before reading through the article? Here's a hint: one of them involves a slash. [Grantland]
  • With the Canadiens' season now over, here are some ways for fans to keep themselves occupied while waiting for October. [A Winning Habit]
  • Enjoy the newest duel between Lars Eller and Greg Pateryn, where both players race to assemble an IKEA chair. Following instructions doesn't seem to be their strong suit. [Canadiens]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The Chicago Blackhawks will need to make some difficult moves this offseason, if they wish to avoid being stuck in salary cap hell. Step one of the process might just involve parting ways with forward Bryan Bickell and goaltender Corey Crawford. [Globe And Mail]
  • Does a player need to win the Stanley Cup to be considered a great player or is greatness defined by more than just raising the Stanley Cup? [Sportsnet]
  • The Anaheim Ducks' Matt Beleskey is going to be an extremely sought after forward this summer. Beleskey, who has bounced around the Ducks' lineup, put up career highs in both goals and points this season, and has been red hot throughout the playoffs. [Puck Daddy]
  • The St. Louis Blues will not be parting ways with head coach Ken Hitchcock. Hitchcock received a one-year contract and will look to correct the Blues' playoff struggles. [TSN]
  • Everyone enjoys hockey differently. And sometimes, it's important to remember that just because fans enjoys hockey differently, it doesn't mean they are wrong for enjoying hockey in different ways. [Vancity Buzz]
"Again, I get that to some people understanding WHY something happened is far more interesting than the event itself. I just think people should remember people enjoy the games in different ways, and that doesn’t make them an idiot for not viewing it your way. Sure, if a person of authority is drilling home a narrative you think is way off base, take them down. But in every day life, if buddy in the next cubicle thinks Sbisa has "potential", maybe just smile and nod and let it go once in a while. Sometimes the unthinkable does happen in sports, and things do go against conventional wisdom. Those are moments we should remember to celebrate, instead of simply finding a way to prove that was against the norm."