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Monday Habs Links: What is Marc Bergevin up to?

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Here are your daily links surrounding the Habs and the rest of the hockey world, including the surprising buyout of P.A. Parenteau, and evaluating what it will take for the Calgary Flames to lock up Dougie Hamilton.

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Montreal Canadiens Links

  • Montreal's Entry Draft weekend may have left some fans feeling underwhelmed, but they shouldn't be once you factor in the Jeff Petry acquisition. [Metro]
  • In a surprising Sunday move, the Habs placed P.A. Parenteau on waivers for the purpose of buying out his contract. By buying him out, they will save $2.67 million in cap space, which begs the question: What is general manager Marc Bergevin up to? [TVA]
  • It was a short stint for Parenteau and the Canadiens, but at least we'll always have this great moment from the playoffs. [YouTube]
  • Nick Kypreos suggests the move could be to open up space for a run at free agent Matt Beleskey. What do you think? [Twitter]
  • The aforementioned move definitely creates space to lock up Alex Galchenyuk, which Bergevin believes he will have no problem doing. [TVA]
  • Elliot Friedman is back with another edition of "30 Thoughts". He mentions that talks are progressing with Galchenyuk, while stating that the Habs and Blackhawks were working on a deal for Kris Versteeg at the draft over the weekend. [Sportsnet]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The Los Angeles Kings have finally decided to part ways with Mike Richards, buying him out of the remaining five years on his contract. [Jewels From The Crown]
  • Some harsh words were directed towards Richards by Kings general manager Dean Lombardi, who says giving Richards a second chance "...could be the worst decision I ever made." [TSN]
  • The Calgary Flames shocked the hockey world in acquiring Dougie Hamilton from the Boston Bruins at a very solid price. So what will it take to lock up the restricted free agent to a contract? [Matchsticks & Gasoline]
  • Needless to say, Flames president Brian Burke is stoked about landing Hamilton. [TSN]
  • Chris Johnston makes sense of yesterday's trade that sent future hall of famer Chris Pronger from the Philadelphia Flyers to the Arizona Coyotes. [Sportsnet]
  • Lastly, is there anyone who feels worse than Sam Gagner right now? I'd say Mike Richards, but $14 million over the next 10 years for doing nothing sounds pretty good to me. [Puck Daddy]