Canadiens introduce new GM Marc Bergevin to the Montreal media, Ryan Kesler could become Canucks “new pariah” while there’s still no decision on coach Alain Vigneault’s future with the club, and the Flames search for a new head coach begins as they sign the KHL’s leading scorer.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens introduced their new general manager Marc Bergevin to the public yesterday. Bergevin has yet to begin his search for a new head coach for the club, but indicated it was necessary to hire one who speaks French. I’ll post my take on the Bergevin hire later today in my “Soapbox”.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma suggests Ryan Kesler could become the new whipping boy of Canucks fans once Roberto Luongo is dealt away, while Jason Botchford believes the Canucks are right to take their time deciding the future of head coach Alain Vigneault.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Folks, I realize Vigneault deserves his fair share of criticism for the disappointing end to the Canucks season, but the guy is only a year removed from coaching this team to the Stanley Cup Final. I think he’s earned a contract extension, but failing that, he should at least be allowed to return for the final year of his current contract, and then he and management can determine his future after that. Some Canucks critics are, in my opinion, being too harsh in their assessment of this team. Yes, I get it, you’re disappointed over the club falling short the past couple of years, and impatient for a championship, but that’s no reason to start ripping this team apart.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Jay Feaster denied rumors he’ll announce the hiring of a new coach this week, suggesting the search for a new bench boss has only just begun. Feaster also made news yesterday by signing KHL star center Roman Cervenka to a one-year, entry-level, bonus-laden contract which could be worth $3.755 million if he achieves all those bonuses.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve been asked if this move indicates Olli Jokinen could be a goner. Possibly, but I think this was done to provide more depth at center, rather than replacing Jokinen.