Updates on the Oilers, Flames and Canadiens respective searches for new head coaches, Senators forward Brad Winchester’s slow recovery from concussion, and Jets ownership preaches patience.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers president Kevin Lowe is keeping mum on who could be his team’s next head coach. While he singled out former Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter as a worthy candidate, he denied his organization has had any talks with Sutter about the job. Assistant coach Kelly Buchberger, meanwhile, remains in limbo hoping he’ll still have a job once the new head coach is announced.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames GM Jay Feaster said his search for a new head coach has “reached the middle innings”.
CANOE.CA: Former Canadiens GM Andre Savard believes Michel Therrien would be a good choice to coach the Habs. Therrien was Canadiens coach under Savard ten years ago.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs should avoid “blasts from the past” – unless Scotty Bowman intends to come out of retirement to return behind the Canadiens bench – and seek someone new as head coach. Therrien had his shot.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward
Brad Jesse Winchester is feeling much better in his recovery from a concussion though he’s not fully healed yet. He’s yet to have contract talks with Senators management but remains hopeful of staying in Ottawa.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets co-owner Mark Chipman continues to preach patience regarding his team’s development a year after they were relocated to Winnipeg from Atlanta.