Updates on the Jets, Oilers, Senators, Flames and Canucks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes the Jets need to extend coach Claude Noel’s contract, fearing it would be a “recipe for disaster” if he’s not extended beyond next season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if ageing Ryan Smyth has anything left to give for the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he does, it’ll be as a fourth line checker.
OTTAWA SUN: Young Senators Mika Zibanejad and Jakob Silfverberg will spend time in Sweden and Ottawa this summer before returning to training camp in the fall.
CALGARY SUN: Reports out of Russia indicate Flames UFA defenseman Anton Babchuk will join the KHL’s Salavat Yulaev next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames reportedly tried to shop Babchuk before the trade deadline but couldn’t find any takers. No surprise he’ll head to Russia next season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jordan Schroeder underwent shoulder surgery but remains confident he’ll be recovered in time for Canucks training camp in September.