Friday Habs Headlines: Issues with the construction of the 2017-18 roster started with the blue line

In today’s links, how the patchwork blue-line corps laid the foundation for this disappointing season, what lies in the future for McCarron, and both the Oilers and Sabres are facing culture issues.

Montreal Canadiens news and notes

  • The Canadiens had a botched roster construction this season, starting at the blue line. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Could a Director of Hockey Operations be the answer for the Habs? [Montreal Gazette]
  • The vice is tightening on Michael McCarron. [RDS]
  • Does the Habs’ locker room really need an attitude adjustment? [ProHockeyTalk]
  • The Canadiens season may have ended in training camp. [The Athletic]
  • Sylvain Lefebvre is maintaining perspective as the Laval Rocket limp to the finish line. [Montreal Gazette]
  • Markus Eisenschmid enjoys absorbing as much of the local culture as he can, wherever he plays. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • Mitch Marner talks about his childhood friend Victor Mete. [Montreal Canadiens]
  • If Habs fans are interested in cheering for someone this post-season, who should they cheer for? [Montreal Gazette]/

Around the league and elsewhere

  • Drew Doughty has been suspended one game for his hit on William Carrier. [NHL]
  • The Edmonton Oilers are being held hostage by the voices of their past. [Sportsnet]
  • Buffalo Sabres GM Jason Botterill admits that his team has a “losing culture.” [TSN]
  • Team Canada has named 18 players to their preliminary roster for the World Championship. [TSN]
  • After missing the post-season, Jim Nill’s seat is getting warm. [Defending Big D]
  • Jeff Veillette offers his thoughts on the Washington Capitals’ pursuit of shot quality. [The Faceoff Circle]
  • Mitch Marner is determined to prove that Patrick Marleau made the right choice as a UFA. [TSN]
  • After enduring racist slurs on the ice for six years, a 12-year-old hockey player and his family are finally speaking out. [CBC]
  • The Ottawa Senators are naming their development camp award for the hardest working player after Jonathan Pitre. [TSN]
  • Ak Bars Kazan is preparing for both the Army Men and a possible mumps outbreak as they get ready for Game One of the Gagarin Cup Final versus CSKA Moscow on Saturday. [KHL]
  • Sticks out for Humboldt. [Twitter]/

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