Senators fall to Rangers in series-opener, Canucks did little to improve their image in Game One of their series against the LA Kings, Brent Sutter steps down as Flames head coach, the latest on the Canadiens search for a new GM, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins turns 19, Joey Crabb heading to World Hockey Championships, and some good news for subscribers of TSN Jets.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators fell flat in their series-opener against the NY Rangers, falling 4-2. Though the Senators certainly had their chances at times in this game, they were unable to keep most of the Rangers best forwards (Callahan, Gaborik and Richards) off the scoreboard.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks undisciplined play in their series-opening loss to the LA Kings on Wednesday, including their chirping and complaining over supposed missed calls, did little to improve their critics low opinion of them. Province columnist Ed Willes, meanwhile, acknowledged the Canucks have brought some of this criticism upon themselves, but cannot fathom the heated criticism of the team around the league.
CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: The Flames have parted ways with Brent Sutter, who stepped down yesterday as head coach in what is perceived as the first of several changes which could come to the team in the off-season. Potential replacements could include Troy Ward (coach of their farm team), Bob Hartley, Bob Boughner, Craig MacTavish and Mike Sullivan. At least he won’t have to worry about being bilingual.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Hackel updates the Canadiens search for a new GM. They are believed to have contacted the Detroit Red Wings to seek permission to speak with Assistant GM Jim Nill, but it’s believed he’s not interested in the job.
EDMONTON SUN: Happy 19th birthday, Oilers rookie center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs forward Joey Crabb will join Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.
WINNIPEG SUN: Subscribers of TSN Jets will find it came off their cable bill, as it was automatically taken off at the end of March. Customers will have to sign up again in the fall.