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Friday Habs Headlines: Which UFAs should the Canadiens target this summer?

Here are your daily links for the Habs and around the league, including Guy Lafleur putting the current lineup on blast, Darren Dreger on the best potential UFA fits for the Canadiens, and the turning point in the season where things all went south.

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Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • Habs legend Guy Lafleur slammed the current roster, stating that the team needs to acquire better players over the summer to fix the issue of having "four fourth lines". [Pro Hockey Talk]
  • If the Habs are to acquire improvements over the off-season, which UFAs might be the best possible fits? [TSN 690]
  • TSN's Frank Seravalli examines where and how things went south for each of the seven Canadian NHL teams, identifying Marc Bergevin's double-down on head coach Michel Therrien as the turning point in the Canadiens' season. [TSN]
  • Don't miss this incredible long-form piece on John Scott and the unbelievable season he has had - going from the desert to the rock, with an All Star Game in between. [SN]
  • Take a look at the possession performance of every Habs player this season:
  • 2016-17 season tickets are on sale for the Clarkson Cup runner-up Montreal Canadiennes. [Twitter]

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • Polar opposites to the Habs, the Anaheim Ducks went from league-worst to Stanley Cup contenders this season. Just how did that transformation occur? [Eye on Hockey]
  • Auston Matthews, the projected first-overall selection in June's entry draft, will suit up for Team USA at the upcoming IIHF World Championships. [Puck Daddy]
  • There is obvious incentive for the Arizona Coyotes to land Matthews - a native of Arizona - in the draft. How might a trade look that nets the Coyotes the first-overall pick? [Puck Daddy]
  • Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for four games after an "excessively late" hit on Pierre-Edouard Bellemare of the Philadelphia Flyers. [Eye on Hockey]
  • Might the Blue Jackets take a step forward in the 2016-17 season, or will it be more of the same in Columbus? [JC]
  • As women's hockey continues to grow internationally, the French national team is determined to move up the rankings with a strong showing at the upcoming Division 1A World Championships. [Passion Hockey]
  • The (very!) young stars of Russian hockey will have the opportunity to showcase their skill at the "League of the Future" competition. [RIHF]