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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd reports a highly-placed source said Canadiens owner Geoff Molson got involved in contract talks with defenseman P.K. Subban. It was Molson’s call for Subban receiving an eight-year, $72 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Molson did get involved it was probably because he didn’t want to run the risk of losing his superstar in two years time to unrestricted free agency. Subban is the Canadiens most popular star. Losing him wouldn’t sit well with Habs supporters.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have hired longtime NHL assistant coach Perry Pearn. He’ll follow the Canucks games from the press box as well as work on their power play.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Edmonton Sun and NHL.com journalist Derek Van Diest is no fan of the Oilers hiring hockey analytics blogger Tyler Dellow. Jonathan Willis offers up a rebuttal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My take on the Dellow hiring can be found here.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs will hand out Stanley Cup rings to their 1960s champions.