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Monday Habs Links: Lightning need more from Steven Stamkos

Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including more on the signing of Nathan Beaulieu, and questions surrounding the Lightning ahead of a must-win Game 6 against the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup final.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Nathan Beaulieu spoke to the media via conference call after signing a two-year contract extension on Saturday. [Canadiens]
  • Check out our updated Habs salary cap visualization with the addition of Beaulieu's contract. [EOTP]
  • The aforementioned signing fortifies the Canadiens blue line at a very reasonable cost, ultimately providing general manager Marc Bergevin with important wiggle room for future deals. [Gazette]
  • Speaking of young Habs with a bright future, 20-year-old Jacob de la Rose is home in Sweden recovering from wrist surgery. Oh, and making alley-oop passes in his living room. [Instagram]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Don't have tickets for Monday night's critical Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final in Chicago? No problem! You can purchase them for your entire life savings. [The Score]
  • Facing elimination, as well as a plethora of injuries to critical players, do the Tampa Bay Lightning have enough depth to keep up with the Chicago Blackhawks? [Sportsnet]
  • Depth or not, one thing is certain: Lightning captain Steven Stamkos needs to be better if his team wants to have any chance at forcing a Game 7 in Tampa Bay on Wednesday evening. [NBC Sports]
  • Is the Conn Smythe Trophy already a lock for Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith? It's definitely difficult to argue against his phenomenal play, logging 30 minutes a night while scoring at just under a point-per-game pace. [Puck Daddy]
  • Dave Hodge and the Reporters question if this year's final has been a dud. [TSN]
  • That said, it has been one hell of a close series. [Twitter]
  • The defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings didn't make it to the playoffs this year, but their AHL affiliate gave the franchise something to be stoked about. The Manchester Monarchs defeated the Utica Comets 2-1 in Game 5 to win the American Hockey League's Calder Cup on Saturday night. [NHL]
  • Lastly, the countdown to July 1st is on, and the Colorado Avalanche are listening to offers on forward Ryan O'Reilly. [Sportsnet]