Nathan Beaulieu guilty, but does it matter? (and other links)

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A lot has been made of Nathan Beaulieu and his father pleading guilty to assault, and you can read the story of what went down here. Something sounds a little off in that retelling, as I really can't imagine that being the whole truth of the matter, but it's not like they didn't assault anyone, they pled guilty. This has led to a lot of speculation that that Beaulieu could be on his way out of town, but that really makes no sense.

Yes, we know that Marc Bergevin is obsessed with character to the point where it's annoying to even hear the word anymore, but he's also not an idiot and is unlikely to trade a key prospect and their lowest point of value. Beaulieu was the MVP of the Hamilton Bulldogs last season, looked better than every other defensive call up while in the NHL, and he was given a real number by management during the summer camp, abandoning 40 for number 6. The Canadiens rarely give a number like that to a prospect, a number last worn by veteran Jaroslav Spacek, but made famous by Canadiens legend Toe Blake. The Canadiens have big plans for Beaulieu, and they don't include a trade.

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Therrien is confident that Carey Price and David Desharnais will have bounce back seasons. [TSN]

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