The latest on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, a commentary on new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin, three Senators join Team Sweden at the Worlds, Jets’ Jim Slater named an assistant captain with Team USA, and a lot of history has taken place since the Maple Leafs last Stanley Cup championship. A lot.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: It’s looking more and more likely Canucks coach Alain Vigneault might not return next season. That would be a shame, as he’s the best coach in Canucks history (check his record,it’s true) and only one year removed from guiding the team to the Stanley Cup Final. Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins, who were the Canucks opponent in last year’s Final, also had a disappointing end to their season, but there’s no talk of firing head coach Claude Julien. Interesting, isn’t it?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd cuts through the warm early vibe generated by new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin to point out he’ll have to deliver the goods, including hiring the right coach for the Habs and selecting a future star with the third overall pick in this year’s draft. While Todd’s comparing Bergevin’s likeable personality to that of former failed Habs GM Rejean Houle is baseless (Bergevin has considerably more front office experience than Houle did), as is his blunt dismissal of Bergevin’s assessment of the Habs young nucleus, his point remains valid. Bergevin may be more approachable and outgoing than his two predecessors, but that won’t mean squat if he fails to rebuild the Habs into a Cup contender.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators Daniel Alfredsson, Erik Karlsson and Jakob Silfverberg will join Team Sweden in this year’s World Hockey Championships.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Jim Slater has been named an assistant captain for Team USA at this year’s World Hockey Championships.
TORONTO STAR: A whole lotta history has occurred since the Maple Leafs won their last Stanley Cup in 1967.