The Canucks drop their series-opener to the Kings, Senators Anderson ready for challenge of facing the NY Rangers, angry Leafs fans voice displeasure, Flames must rebuild, Oilers GM unapologetic over team’s performance, Jets’ Slater selected to Team USA at Worlds, and Canadiens contact Luc Robitaille regarding their vacant GM position.
VANCOUVER SUN: Lack of discipline and special teams were part of the Canucks downfall in a 4-2 series-opening loss to the LA Kings. The Canucks were also without Daniel Sedin, who remains sidelined by concussion symptoms.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson feels up to the challenge of facing the NY Rangers. Anderson had a memorable playoff series two years ago, when he carried the underdog Colorado Avalanche to a near-upset over the heavily favored San Jose Sharks. Don’t rule out the possibility of him raising his game to that level again.
TORONTO SUN: Almost 100 Maple Leafs season ticket holders contacted Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment voicing their displeasure over the club’s performance. It’ll take more than that, however, to worry MLSE. If thousands of them do it, they’ll get the executives attention.
CALGARY SUN: It’s now time for the Flames to finally embrace a youth movement. We’ll see if GM Jay Feaster feels the same way in the coming months.
EDMONTON SUN: Unlike his peers in Toronto and Calgary, Edmonton Oilers GM Steve Tambellini didn’t offer up any apologies for his club’s performance this season.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Jim Slater has been invited to join Team USA in the upcoming World Hockey Championships.
LA PRESSE; The Montreal Canadiens have contacted the Los Angeles Kings, seeking permission to speak with Kings executive and former star Luc Robitaille regarding their vacant GM position.