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Friday Habs Headlines: Gallagher and Plekanec excited to see what Shea Weber can bring to the Canadiens

Here are your daily links, including more fallout from the P.K. Subban - Shea Weber swap, comments from Habs players, and how the trade impacts the larger Montreal community.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Note

  • Few trades in sports have shaken a community the way the departure of P.K. Subban has to Montreal, and with good reason - Subban had become the city's favourite son. [CBC]
  • Free agency opens up today! Here are some possible targets for the Habs. [EOTP]
  • Subban's absence from the Canadiens line-up will not, however, affect his relationship with the Montreal Children's Hospital, as he is committed to continuing his philanthropic work there. [CBC]
  • The Children's Hospital tweeted out a fantastic video of young patients impacted by Subban's generosity saying farewell. [Twitter]
  • Tomas Plekanec voiced his pleasure with the team's recent moves, pointing to the leadership the likes of Shea Weber and Andrew Shaw will bring to the Habs:
  • Also speaking out about the trades was Brendan Gallagher, who stated his belief that the Canadiens are now a better team for having made them. [La Presse]
  • Stu Cowan has more reaction to the Subban-Weber swap, slamming GM Marc Bergevin for this decision and those past. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Philippe Cantin calls the move a failure on the part of Bergevin and Michel Therrien, questioning how many years of elite play Weber has left. [La Presse]
  • TSN 690 also had extensive coverage of the trade, with Marc Denis insisting the leadership of Weber will be of benefit, while Conor McKenna paid tribute to Subban. [TSN 690 | DenisSubban]
  • In the words of Bergevin, Subban was a "special player" - and it seems as though he has been dealt away for being a little too different. [La Presse]
  • EOTP has had lots of coverage of its own, stay up to date with our Subban-Weber trade thread. [EOTP]
  • Even with all the negativity surrounding the move, there is little doubt Weber brings positives to the Habs blue-line and will be able to handle the toughest minutes. []
  • Weber also took a moment to say goodbye to the team and city he has called home for the past eleven years. [Twitter]
  • A few Habs hopefuls had a chance to take in the Montreal Alouettes opener before the beginning of development camp. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The moves made by both the Canadiens and Oilers on Wednesday are indicative of a larger problem - an antiquated vision held by the management of Canadian NHL teams. [Globe and Mail]
  • Peter Chiarelli says he isn't quite finished yet, and believes fans of the Edmonton Oilers will come around to like the trade of Taylor Hall for Adam Larsson. [SN]
  • Ben Scrivens continues his piece on goaltending for The Players Tribune, this time discussing the mental aspects of playing the position. [TPT]
  • Understandably, Dustin Brown's relationship with the Los Angeles Kings may not be what it once was after being stripped of his captaincy. [Puck Daddy]
  • The Boston Bruins have signed defenseman Torey Krug to a four-year contract extension worth an annual average of $5.25 million. [SCOC]
  • A number of players have been bought out by their NHL teams as they begin to clear cap space for free agency, which opens today. [Eye on Hockey]
  • July 1st is not just about the signings, but about the trades that happen as well - and a number of players seem to be in play. [TSN]

Happy Canada Day!