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Friday Habs Headlines: The Canadiens now have an effective fourth line, thanks to Daniel Carr

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In today’s headlines, a fourth-liner excels, a first-liner looks for answers, draft picks turn heads, and Seattle gets courted by the NHL.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens finally have a proper four-line alignment, and that’s mostly thanks to Daniel Carr. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Max Pacioretty’s call to end morning skates was an opinion also voiced by Scotty Bowman. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Brendan Gallagher is trending towards a career year. [Sportsnet]
  • Eric Engels provides his checkup on the Canadiens 2017 draft class. [Sportsnet]
  • Jake Evans: from Junior A to donning the Tricolore? [La Presse]
  • Lukas Vejdemo potted a spectacular goal to ice a 6-3 Djurgardens victory over Linköping. [Patrik Bexell]
  • Chris Terry is still holding onto his dream of playing in the NHL. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Emerance Maschmeyer has been named CWHL Goalie of the Week. [CHWL Instagram]

Around the league and elsewhere:

  • How are Eastern Conference coaches managing line matchups at 5v5 so far this season? [The Athletic]
  • The Vancouver Canucks Bo Horvat may miss up to six weeks with a fractured foot. [Sportsnet]
  • After losing the IceCaps, St. John’s might get a QMJHL team. [The Telegram]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes aren’t giving away free tickets to artificially inflate attendance any more. [SB Nation]
  • The sale of the Hurricanes to Thomas Dundon is nearly finalization. [TSN]
  • Can ESPN adapt to its own decline? [The Guardian]
  • Ben Lovejoy is the first active NHL player to pledge his brain to concussion research. [TSN]
  • The underlying numbers indicate that the Tampa Bay Lightning might be even better than their place in the standings indicates. [TSN]
  • Vladimir Putin says Russia will not instruct their athletes to boycott the 2018 Winter Olympics. [TSN]
  • Elliotte Friedman updates Seattle’s pursuit of an NHL team. [Elliotte Friedman]
  • Quebe City is still on the back burner: