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Saturday Habs Headlines: Andrei Markov shocked by the trade of "extremely good person" P.K. Subban

Here are your daily links, including the ongoing struggle between skill and intangibles in player evaluation, some defense of Marc Bergevin, and the extended version of Eric Engels' interview with P.K. Subban.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Andrei Markov was surprised by the P.K. Subban trade, and states that there were no locker-room issues that led to the deal. [TVA Sports (English video)]
  • The Canadiens' decisions over the past few weeks, culminating with the departure of Matt Pfeffer, are representative of the ongoing struggle in player evaluation between skill and intangibles. [Puck Daddy]
  • Sportsnet has released the full, extended version of Eric Engels' sit-down interview with Subban - the former Habs' first since being dealt to the Nashville Predators. [SN]
  • Despite the evidence to the contrary, Pat Hickey suggests the Canadiens will be a better team with Shea Weber manning the blue-line. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Even if the Subban trade was a bad one for the Habs, perhaps we can praise Marc Bergevin's refusal to speak negatively about his departing star - something that has not always been the case in the NHL. [Vice Sports]
  • After having a solid showing at development camp in Montreal, Habs' seventh-round pick Arvid Henrikson is keeping it up in Sweden. [Twitter]
  • David Desharnais was on hand at the Canadiens Hockey School on Friday, giving out certificates to the young participants. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Coming as somewhat of a surprise, the KHL has come to terms on an agreement that will see them expand into the United Kingdom with a team in London. [Puck Daddy]
  • The St. Louis Blues have signed RFA forward Jaden Schwartz to a five-year contract extension, coming with a cap hit of $5.3 million per season. [SLGT]
  • Jamie Benn may no longer be able to compete for Team Canada at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey after undergoing surgery on Thursday. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Arizona is becoming a legitimate hockey state, and the growth has been fueled by the presence of the Coyotes. [FFH]
  • After suffering a fractured larynx, Boston Bruins goaltending prospect Malcolm Subban is nearing a comeback. [Bruins]
  • Pittsburgh Penguins' captain Sidney Crosby seems to be enjoying his time with the Stanley Cup in Cole Harbour, bringing his Conn Smythe Trophy along with him. [Twitter]