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Saturday Habs Headlines: Trevor Timmins high on Canadiens' 2016 draft haul

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Here are your daily links, including Trevor Timmins' comments on each of the Canadiens' draft picks, the loss of Montreal's greatest ambassador, and why Habs fans have every right to be upset with their club and its management.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Check out Trevor Timmins' analysis of each of the Canadiens' six draft picks from the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, as well as his thoughts on the acquisition of Andrew Shaw. [McKeen's Hockey]
  • With the trade of P.K. Subban the Canadiens lost an incredible talent, but the city of Montreal also lost its greatest ambassador and is now left searching for a new one. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Subban, meanwhile, took to Twitter to assure patients at the Montreal Children's Hospital that he will still be there for them: July 8, 2016
  • For more reasons than just the ousting of Subban, however, Habs fans have every right to be upset with their club and the men in charge of it. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Check out the new Ice Caps 360 podcast, hosted by team play-by-play announcer Brian Rogers who discusses the Canadiens performance at the draft and the ensuing development camp. [Ice Caps]
  • Former NHL defenceman Lou Fontinato, who played two seasons with the Canadiens from 1961-63, has passed away at the age of 84. [National Post]
  • "Darth" Youppi, sporting some dark-side digs, made a surprise appearance at Montreal Comic Con, which takes place this weekend. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • We are now into the second week of free agency being open in the NHL, and there are still signings to be made. Sean McIndoe looks at the biggest second-week free agent signings of the modern era. [THN]
  • One player yet to sign is collegiate standout Jimmy Vesey, who has multiple offers from suitors around the league. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Pavel Datsyuk, who retired from the NHL last month, has officially signed a 2-year contract with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. [WIIM]
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs will be celebrating their centennial season in 2016-17, and have announced more plans for their 100th anniversary. [The Star]
  • The Leafs also made a trade yesterday, moving once-starter Jonathan Bernier to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a conditional draft pick in 2017, leaving the net for newly-acquired Frederik Andersen. [PPP]
  • B.J. Crombeen, a veteran of over 400 career games in the NHL, pens this piece on life after hockey and how he has kept busy since hanging up the skates. [TPT]
  • Average attendance in the AHL was at record highs this past season, topping 6,000 for the first time ever. [Twitter]