Updates on the coaching situations of the Canucks, Canadiens and Flames,Carey Price heads into a pivotal summer, and the latest on Senators forwards Daniel Alfredsson and Nikita Filatov.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks GM Mike Gillis is expected to give head coach Alain Vigneault a vote of confidence, ensuring Vigneault will return behind the Canucks bench next season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price is fully recovered from his late-season injuries and relaxed working on his farm in BC, remaining confident of getting a new contract worked out with new Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
CALGARY HERALD: Troy Ward, head coach of the Flames farm club Abbotsford Heat, is considered among the candidates for the Flames vacant head coaching job.
TSN.CA: Bob McKenzie reports the Canadiens are “in the process of touching base with potential head coach candidates including Michel Therrien, Guy Carbonneau, Marc Crawford, and Bob Hartley”, while the Flames have pared down their list of ten-twelve candidates to six, of which Ward and Hartley are prominent.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Sportsnet analyst Doug MacLean believes Daniel Alfredsson owes it to the Senators to return and play out the final season of his contract, while Nikita Filatov has signed a two year deal with a KHL team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With all due respect to MacLean, Alfredsson doesn’t owe the Senators a damn thing. He’s given them the best years of his life, often playing through pain doing so. If “Alfie” decides it’s time to retire as an NHL player, it’s his right to do so. As for Filatov, no great loss, and I doubt we’ll ever see him in the NHL again.