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Wednesday Habs Links: What went wrong with the LA Kings?

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens and the league, including Flynn's Boston roots, the NHLPA's new program and the LA Kings' troubles.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Brian Flynn may have grown up a Boston Bruins fan, but playing for the Canadiens shifted his allegiance. The restricted free agent saved his best performance for the playoffs, putting up three points in his first playoff game. [Canadiens]
  • One lucky fan has won the opportunity to meet Carey Price. 14-year old Catalin Morin is well aware of the pressures that come with playing in net, having backstopped his team to the OMHA and OHF All-Ontario championships. [Windsor Star]
  • Check out prospect Jack Roslovic's profile. The talented 6'1" forward made quite the impression on America's U18 World Junior team. [EOTP]
  • Watch as Alexei Emelin demonstrates what contrast training looks like. [YouTube]

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The Detroit Red Wings announced that Jeff Blashill will be named the new head coach. Blashill had previously served as an assistant coach to Mike Babcock and the head coach of the Grand Rapid Griffins. [Winging It In Motown]
  • The NHLPA has unveiled a new program aimed at allowing players to return to school, once they have retired from the game. The NHL and the NHLPA have jointly contributed three million dollars into this project, which is set to begin this fall. [TSN]
  • NBC's sports chairman Mark Lazarus is not a fan of playoff beards. In fact, he would much prefer if the tradition ceased to exist. [Sporting News]
"I know it's a tradition and superstition, but I think (the beards do) hurt recognition. They have a great opportunity with more endorsements. Or simply more recognition with fans saying, 'That guy looks like the kid next door,' which many of these guys do. I think that would be a nice thing."
  • Despite the Los Angeles Kings' recent string of success, the team itself is in turmoil. GM Dean Lombardi is still trying to understand what went wrong both on and off the ice, and a way to fix it. [ESPN]
  • While Ben Bishop's mystery ailment was not enough to keep him from winning game three, other starting goaltenders have suffered injuries that prevented them playing in the Stanley Cup finals. The most recent team to lose their starter in the finals, were the unlucky Edmonton Oilers. [Grantland]
  • Speaking of goaltenders, here's why the NHL's coach's challenge proposal will do little to ease the controversy which surrounds goalie interference penalties. [Defending Big D]
  • Team Czech Republic's head coach Vladimir Ruzicka has resigned over bribery allegations. [Twitter]