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Thursday Habs Links: Subban & Price told Petry they wanted him to stay

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Here are your daily links covering the Canadiens, including the effects of the Petry contract, Poulin's return to the Montreal Stars and selling the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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Montreal Canadiens

  • Retaining defenseman Jeff Petry was an intelligent move. Petry has sustained impressive underlying numbers despite playing on some awful Edmonton Oilers' teams. However, the Canadiens will now need to work on freeing up capspace. [L'actualité] (French)
  • Full credit must be given to GM Marc Bergevin for managing to sign Petry to a reasonable contract. Had Jeff Petry decided to test free agency, he would have probably landed a significantly bigger salary. [TSN]
  • One of the factors which influenced Petry's decision to stay in Montreal were his teammates.Two teammates in particular, made a lasting impact on the young defenseman. [Pro Hockey Talk]
"That meant a lot. Hearing from guys like (P.K.) Subban and guys like (Carey) Price, guys that play a key role on this team – hearing that from them, it weighed in a lot on the decision."
  • Having signed Jeff Petry to a contract extension, the the Canadiens will now look to cement their status as a cup contender. Petry himself believes that the team is close to making a deep run. [Sportsnet]
  • From struggling to find a Midget AAA team to playing for one of the most recognized teams in the NHL, Dustin Tokarski's unrelenting work ethic has allowed him to succeed as a hockey player. [Canadiens]
  • Canadian olympian Marie-Philip Poulin will continue her hockey career with the Montreal Stars. The two time gold medalist, has amassed an incredible 43 points in 16 games in the CWHL. [Radio-Canada] (French)

Around The League and Elsewhere

  • The Chicago Blackhawks took game one of the Stanley Cup final by a score of 2-1. The Hawks overcame an early deficit to take 1-0 series lead. Take a look at what ended up being the winning goal. [Raw Charge]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins may be up for sale! Owners Ron Burkle and Mario Lemieux are looking into selling some or all of the franchise that they currently own. [TSN]
  • Goaltending is no longer a key component when it comes to winning the Stanley Cup. It is sustained goal support, as opposed to high save percentages, which guarantees playoff success. The following segment should be worry Habs' fans. [Sportsnet]
If you are leaning on your goaltender heavily, you are likely looking at a ceiling of 8-10 playoff wins at most. Only two goalies have been able to make a Cup Final with little to no goal support during that time frame, J-S Giguere in 2003 (.936) and Roberto Luongo in 2011 (.927) and they both lost game sevens. Of the other 22 goaltenders who have reached the Stanley Cup Final, not one of them required a Win Threshold above .916.
  • The Stanley Cup is one the most difficult trophies to win in professional sports. It is also one of the most difficult trophies to maintain. Take a read into the life of Phil Pritchard, one of the hockey hall of fame's keepers of the cup and his adventures with the cup. [Ask Men]
  • How do you define leadership? Both Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos and Chicago's Jonathan Toews display this trait, but it manifests in different ways. Both players are unconventionally picked captains but only one will hoist the cup. [Puck Daddy]