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Saturday Habs Headlines: Francis Bouillon announces his retirement

Here are your daily links from the Habs and around the league, including the retirement of Francis Bouillon, a potential battle between the backups, and the development of Alex Galchenyuk at centre.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Francis Bouillon, who spent parts of 11 seasons with the Habs, announced his retirement on Friday at the Bell Centre. His lengthy career was one built on resilience. [TwitterSportsnet]
  • Head Coach Michel Therrien, who also coached Bouillon in Laval prior to his stints with the Habs, was feeling a little emotional as well - resulting in a sweet embrace. Appearing on TSN 690, Bouillon expressed that Therrien was not only a coach, but a friend. [Canadiens.comTSN 690]
  • Not since Jaroslav Halak was traded has there been a goaltending controversy in Montreal, but could one be brewing for the backup? Mike Condon has been impressive and could challenge for the role. [TSN 690]
  • Also on 690, Pierre LeBrun examined the impact of Habs consultant Craig Ramsay as a teacher, while Gary Lawless pondered whether or not the team can afford to rely on Carey Price once again. [TSN 690 | LeBrun | Lawless]
  • Alex Galchenyuk has been steadily improving at centre, and is becoming comfortable between linemates Lars Eller and Alexander Semin. [TSN]
  • The statues of Jean Beliveau, Maurice Richard, Guy Lafleur, and Howie Morenz are returning as centrepieces of a new plaza. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • As the Patrick Kane investigation continues to unfold, the Erie County district attorney has stated the evidence in the case was not, in fact, tampered with. [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • The Ottawa Senators have suspended prospect Mikael Wikstrand from playing hockey anywhere other than for their organization this season after he returned home from training camp without notifying the team. [Silver Seven]
  • BBC Pop Up is promoting a friendly pick-up hockey game in Quebec to celebrate the legacy of the Nordiques. [BBC]