Saturday Habs Headlines: Impressive defensive performances will make roster decisions difficult

Here are your daily links, including the battle for a spot on the blue-line, whether Mikhail Sergachev is ready for the NHL, and Max Pacioretty re-organizing the locker room.

Montreal Canadiens News and Notes

  • The Canadiens blue-line has at least one hole on it for someone to step into, and with no shortage of candidates making their presence felt during the pre-season, the decision may not be an easy one. [La Presse]
  • One such defender is first-round pick Mikhail Sergachev, who looked impressive in his debut against the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night, though was a bit surprised by the speed of the game. [TVA]
  • Bob McKenzie joined TSN 690 yesterday, noting that Sergachev may be physically ready for the NHL already. Also on 690, whether Mike Condon’s pre-season is hurting his chance to remain in the NHL, and Brian Wilde discusses Carey Price’s World Cup performance. [TSN 690 | Sergachev | Condon | Price]
  • At the request of Max Pacioretty, a few players will have new spots in the Canadiens locker room this season - an effort to improve team communication. [La Presse]
  • Rogie Vachon will be honoured by the Canadiens this season: /
  • The Canadiens organization was saddened by yesterday’s news that Lionel Duval has passed away at the age of 83. [RDS]/

Around the League and Elsewhere

  • The World Cup of Hockey was, above all else, a display for how dominant Canadian hockey currently is. [Puck Daddy]
  • Down Goes Brown investigates what went right, what went wrong, and how things could be improved at the World Cup of Hockey. [SN]
  • Despite losing to Canada in the finals, Team Europe proved a lot of people wrong after entering the tournament as a “gimmick” team. [SN]
  • With the season just around the corner, the St. Louis Blues were dealt a blow yesterday as they will be without Jaden Schwartz for at least four weeks. [PHT]
  • The Dallas Stars, meanwhile, will miss Mattias Janmark for about six months due to a knee injury. [DBD]
  • As Hampus Lindholm remains unsigned, the Swede’s agent confirms he will not report to the Anaheim Ducks until under contract. He is reportedly seeking an eight-year deal in Anaheim. [PHT]/

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