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Monday Habs Headlines: An explanation of the Canadiens declining play, and it's not just Carey Price

Here are your daily links, including Alex Galchenyuk's trade availability, a new duel, IceCaps answers, a nasty shootout goal, Stamkos contract talk, Milan Lucic losing it, and more!

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Montreal Canadiens links:

  • As everyone expected, the Canadiens have told other NHL teams that young star, Alex Galchenyuk, is not available for trade. [SN]
  • An explanation of the declining numbers of the Montreal Canadiens this season, and, no, it's not just because Carey Price is out. [L'Actualite]
  • Max Pacioretty was "the most nervous guy in Ontario" on Saturday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs in his shootout attempt. The Canadiens won a huge game. [JDM]
  • It looks like the talk from Michel Therrien and Marc Bergevin has worked for now, and Coach Therrien was very pleased to see the players rewarded with a win Saturday night in Toronto. [TSN690]
  • Torrey Mitchell and Tom Gilbert battle it out in a brand new trivia duel:
  • Here's a sneak peek at Les Canadiennes goaltender Charline Labonté's new mask. [SM]
  • St. John's IceCaps players talk about their favourite hockey memories:
  • ICYMI: Here is your weekly dose of Canadiens comics. [EOTP]

Around the NHL and elsewhere:

  • Former NHLer, Damien Brunner, scored an absolutely nasty goal on Saturday night in the Swiss league. [HW]
  • Milan Lucic sucker-punched Kevin Connauton and then screamed at Louis Domingue on Saturday night. He was suspended one game for the sucker punch. [SN]
  • Are we overlooking the best of our future athletes? [Montreal Gazette]
  • Since the Islanders game was postponed on Saturday, goaltender Thomas Greiss took his big truck to the roads and helped out random people who were stuck. Great gesture. [NYI]
  • Yesterday marked the anniversary of Mike Bossy becoming the second player in NHL history to score 50 goals in the first 50 games of a season. [NHL]
  • Former Canadien, Jarred Tinordi, made his Arizona debut on Saturday night. He played 15:39, had two hits, and blocked four shots. Christian Thomas has since been recalled by the Coyotes. [LaPresse]
  • Lee Stempniak is having a very good season this year. He has more points than many of the players laregely considered to be the NHL's stars. [BSB]
  • The first offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning has come out to Steven Stamkos, for $8.5M a season, according to Elliotte Friedman. [PHT]