The Canucks ongoing coaching search, David Booth may be ineligible for a compliance buyout, and the Maple Leafs could benefit from other clubs’ compliance buyouts.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/TSN.CA: Jason Botchford reports Dallas Eakins remains in the picture in the Canucks hunt for a new head coach, but the front runner so far could be LA Kings assistant coach John Stevens. Darren Dreger, meanwhile, believes Eakins could get a second interview. Former Columbus coach Scott Arniel and former Dallas coach Gary Gulutzan are also believed in the running.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Stevens is the front runner, the Canucks will have to wait until the Kings are done with this year’s playoffs to interview and hire him.
VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap recently reports David Booth’s agent claims his client suffered a more serious ankle injury than originally thought. That could make him ineligible to receive a compliance buyout, though Pap reports the club isn’t inclined to buy out Booth as they need power forwards.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Booth isn’t medically cleared by the compliance buyout period (48 hours following the completion of the Stanley Cup Final to July 4), he’ll be ineligible.
TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran suggests the Maple Leafs could benefit from other teams using compliance buyouts to shed salaries, as they could land a talented player for a bargain price via free agency as a result. McGran listed several players (Brad Richards, Ville Leino, Vincent Lecavalier, Daniel Briere, Marc-Andre Fleury and Keith Ballard) who could become compliance buyout candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If any of these players hit the open market as a result of compliance buyouts, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Leafs could pursue them, but if there are any bought-out players who could help the Leafs, GM Dave Nonis could have interest.