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Friday Habs Headlines: Who will be Shea Weber’s defence partner in 2018-19?

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In today’s links, who will be next to Weber when he returns next year? The OHL and QMJHL finals prepare to start, and more off-season moves and plans around the league.

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Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • Five possible partners for Shea Weber in 2018-19. [Journal de Montreal | Google Translate]
  • 2017-18 was a season of growth for Charlie Lindgren. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • The Canadiens should think twice about bringing back Tomas Plekanec. [The Athletic]
  • Bobby Smith is a fan of Dominique Ducharme. [Journal de Montreal]
  • Is a full-scale rebuild inevitable for the CH? [The Hockey Writers]
  • A look at the 10 greatest playoff series of the 1950s. [Pucks and Recreation]
  • Despite rumours swirling around his future employment, Joël Bouchard is firmly planted in the present as his Blainville-Boisbriand Armada face off against the Acadie-Bathurst Titan for the QMJHL title. [Journal de Montreal]
  • The injured Hayden Verbeek’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds take on Will Bitten’s Hamilton Bulldogs for the OHL Championship and a spot at the Memorial Cup. [Sportsnet]

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Bill Torrey, GM of the New York Islanders dynasty of the early 1980s, has passed away at 83. [TSN]
  • A salary cap increase and the most star power in recent memory sets up an interesting UFA class. [The Athletic]
  • The Professor of Passing: Nicklas Backstrom. [The Athletic]
  • Why hasn’t Patrik Laine started scoring in bunches yet in this post-season? [Sportsnet]
  • Zach Werenski will be out 5-6 months after shoulder surgery. [TSN]
  • The Washington Capitals’ penalty-killing has been instrumental to their success thus far against the Pittsburgh Penguins. [TSN]
  • The Carolina Hurricanes have traded Marcus Kruger to the Arizona Coyotes for Jordan Martinook. [Canes Country]
  • Winning the draft lottery changes the off-season dynamic for Jason Botterill and the Buffalo Sabres. [Die by the Blade]
  • Daniel Carcillo has pledged his brain to the Carrick Institute to further the study of traumatic brain injury. [Second City Hockey]
  • Was the 2017-18 Columbus Blue Jackets season a success? [The Cannon]
  • Down Goes Brown looks at Canadian teams that could (and maybe should) have made the Stanley Cup Final but fell short for one reason or another. [Sportsnet]
  • AJ Mleczko is making her mark as the first female in-booth analyst in an NHL post-season game. [ESPN]
  • The CWHL supports the SheIS movement. [CWHL]
  • Jacquie Pierri is leaving the Calgary Inferno after five years, and looks back on how the team and the league have progressed in that time. [Jacquie Pierri]
  • It’s time to have our annual look at the given names of players taken in the WHL Entry Draft. [Adam Herman]