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Tuesday Habs Headlines: Canadiens rely on their wingers too much in transition

The Canadiens are well below league average when it comes to utilizing their centres in transition, Phil Kessel's goal-scoring potential in Pittsburgh, and why NHL veterans should not be peaking at the start of camp.

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Montreal Canadiens News

  • The Canadiens rely on their wingers far too much compared to league average when it comes to transition plays. (SportsLogiq)
  • Being in shape is part of being a professional athlete, but the type of shape you are in and when you peak is also key to an athletes long-term performance. (Canadiens)
  • Michael McCarron and Zachary Fucale are on their way to the NHLPA Rookie Showcase.

  • Jean Beliveau's birthday was yesterday. Remember the great through Tim Thompson's art. (Vimeo)

Around the NHL

  • Former Habs Eyes on the Prize writer and former Saskatoon Blades statistical analyst Bruce Peter has been hired by the Toronto Maple Leafs. (Saskatoon Blades)
  • A look at how the Edmonton Oilers defence performed as tandems last season. After losing Jeff Petry and Martin Marincin this past season, the club will probably struggle to stay a float defensively. (OilersNation)
  • When Al Arbour died last week, many tributes to the man poured in. One final one on the man that coached the New York Islanders to a record 16? straight series wins. (Grantland)
  • Phil Kessel may not score 40 goals with the Pittsburgh Penguins because of usage and the normal rate of decline in players around the age of 30, but he should remain a top goal scorer in the NHL. (Sportsnet)
  • Now that Mike Richards has been charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, what will happen when his grievance is heard by an arbitrator and what are some arguments that both sides could use? (TSN)