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Saturday Habs Links: Alex Galchenyuk would love to play with Alex Semin

In today's links, Alex Galchenyuk spoke to a few members of the Habs media about his new deal, Jakub Voracek's contract is dissected, Gary Bettman takes the stand, Quebecor is looking for a partner, and the late "Rowdy" Roddy Piper had a connection with the Canadiens.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Alex Galchenyuk spoke about the process of the contract negotiations and what he expects of himself over the next two years in a conference call yesterday. He expressed interest in playing with newly-acquired winger Alex Semin. [EOTP]
  • The Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame at the Bell Centre will be closing at the end of August.  Admission will be free until that time. [Canadiens.com]
  • Jack Han has an interesting theory on why the likes of former-Hab P.-A. Parenteau and David Desharnais are so effective in the shootout. [EOTP]
  • Wrestling star "Rowdy" Roddy Piper died yesterday at the age of 61. He rose to fame alongside his lifetime friend: Montreal Canadiens Stanley Cup-winner Cam Connor. [NHL.com]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Like the Canadiens, the New York Rangers find themselves with a waiver-eligible defensive prospect and no spot for him on the roster.  The Rangers sister site looks at options to deal with the Dylan McIlrath situation. [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Jakub Voracek was recently signed to an eight-year, $66 million extension, and that may be a bargain for an elite winger. [Broad Street Hockey]
    • Frank Seravalli had the breakdown of the contract details (he corrected the salary in year eight to $7.5 million.) [Twitter]

  • The Washington Capitals and Marcus Johansson have agreed upon a one-year, $3.75 million contract. [Caps Today]
  • Gary Bettman testified yesterday in the concussion lawsuit against the NHL. [ESPN]
  • Adam Gretz curates a list of the top five NHL General Managers. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Quebecor is looking for partners in their bid to bring an NHL franchise to Quebec City. [Sportsnet]
  • Before the days of 24-hour sports highlight shows and easily-accessible online information, hockey fans in New York had ... Sports Phone. [Newsday]