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Your daily Habs links, why more Plekanec could be the answer, pointing fingers, more Jaromir Jagr awe and more!

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • While many key players remain injured, perhaps a bigger role for Tomas Plekanec could yield positive results. [TVA Sports]
  • Head Coach Michel Therrien was quick to point the finger to his team’s powerplay as the reason for Thursday night’s loss against the Minnesota Wild. [RDS]
  • Another reason for Thursday’s loss was Carey Price being outplayed by Devan Dubnyk. [TSN 690]
  • Mikhail Sergachev’s blue line activation is impressive. Keep an eye out for an in-depth article from Mitch that will be published at 10 AM ET today.
  • Jaromir Jagr is an influential player; one NHL veteran in particular was inspired by his hometown colleague, Montreal’s Tomas Plekanec. [LNH]
  • Even the world’s best goaltender allows goals - see where Carey Price is most, and least effective this year. [imgur]
  • Pierre McGuire thinks Price should be considered amongst the greatest [TSN 690]
  • There are a lot of positive things about the Canadiens’ AHL team moving closer to Montreal, but it will leave a big hole behind in St. John’s, and Andrew Abbott wants a new home team for Christmas. [Montreal Gazette]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Ranking NHL teams’ top four players under 24 years of age right now. The Habs are 13th [TSN]
  • Steve Dangle believes Jarome Iginla needs to be rescued. [Sportsnet]
  • Roberto Luongo says Jaromir Jagr owes him a ‘thank you’ after the latter became the second highest scorer of all time in the NHL. [NHL]
  • Bob McKenzie shares his thoughts on the future of offer sheets, and whether Jonathan Drouin could receive one. [TSN 690]
  • The Pittsburgh Penguins have a choice to make with Marc-André Fleury; Elliotte Friedman shares his thoughts. [Fanrag Sports]
  • Guy Boucher is looking forward to a very special Christmas. [La Presse]
  • While New York Islanders fans don’t have much to be excited for, there was a hilarious fan giveaway at Barclay’s Center. [The Score]
  • Down Goes Brown feels a little Christmas spirit in the latest grab bag. [Vice Sports]
  • The IIHF World Junior Championships have been a tradition for decades, but the importance of the tournament is still increasing. [SI.com]
  • For every Carey Price who donned Team Canada’s jersey at the WJC, there are many forgotten prospects who never made it. [Edmonton Sun]
  • The future of IIHF international play may no longer include five-on-four situations. [TVA Sports]
  • With more and more focus on attempts to grow hockey in China, the key could be to find the sport’s equivalent to Yao Ming. [Montreal Gazette]