The Flames need more than Bob Hartley as head coach to improve next season, calling on Daniel Alfredsson to make a decision on his future soon, and speculation over Tobias Enstrom’s future with the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hiring Hartley is fine if management intends to rebuild its roster around the new bench boss. If no major changes are in order, I agree with Johnson and Francis that we won’t see much improvement from the Flames. Hartley’s a good coach, but so is Brent Sutter, and he was unable to coach the Flames into the playoffs. I don’t see how Hartley will have greater success with the current Flames roster than Sutter.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch calls upon Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson to follow the lead of former Red Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and make a decision on his future soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Alfredsson will inform the Senators of his decision in early June, so we should probably hear within the next couple of weeks what his plans are. Bear in mind, because Alfredsson’s contract falls under the rules for those signed by players 35 and older, if he does retire, the final season of his contract (and its cap hit) still counts against the Senators cap.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe wonders if Jets management might listen to offers for blueliner Tobias Enstrom, who has one season (at $3.75 million) left on his contract, and would be due a hefty raise if the Jets hope to keep him off next summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anything’s possible, and if the Jets were to listen to offers for Enstrom, they’ll probably want a scoring forward in return. For now, I’m guessing they’ll retain Enstrom, see how this season pans out, and make their decision on his future with the club based upon that.