NHL Canadian Corner – April 15, 2014

The Canadiens prepare for their playoff series against the Lightning, the Maple Leafs introduce new team president Brendan Shanahan, updates on Daniel Sedin and Sam Gagner, plus the latest on the Senators, Flames and Jets.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will focus on their special teams in preparation for their upcoming playoff series against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Leafs formally introduce Brendan Shanahan as their hockey president.

Leafs formally introduce Brendan Shanahan as their hockey president.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs yesterday officially introduced Brendan Shanahan as their new hockey president.  The future of head coach Randy Carlyle remains uncertain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if a certain now-former Predators head coach might receive a phone call from Shanahan in the near future. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Daniel Sedin said he’s fine after he was driven head-first from behind into the boards by Calgary’s Paul Byron during the Canucks final game of the season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sam Gagner acknowledged next season will be crucial toward determining his long-term future with the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Provided, of course, he’s not traded before his no-movement clause kicks in on July 1.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators coach Paul MacLean says improving the defense is his priority for next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It better be. The Senators were among the NHL’s worst defensive teams this season.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Bob Hartley gets a vote of confidence from team president Brian Burke. Hartley has one season remaining on his contract and Burke assures he’ll be back next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke said it’ll be up to the new GM (whoever that may be) to determine Hartley’s future beyond next season. If that new GM is smart, he’ll re-sign Hartley, who’s done a fine job so far with a rebuilding Flames roster.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Most, if not all, of the Jets pending UFAs (forwards Olli Jokinen, Devin Setoguchi and Chris Thorburn, defencemen Adam Pardy and Zach Redmond and goaltender Al Montoya) could be gone for good.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of this group, only Jokinen and Montoya are worth retaining, and only if they’re willing to agree to affordable deals. 

1 Comment

  1. Hartly took a very thin roster and made it play hard, almost kinda looks like LA or Boston without the big name talent thats needed to win games. If it continues next year and guys like Goudreau and Monahan develop into what they look like they might and some of the other prospects step up the Flames rebuild could be a very quick one. Hartley would win coach of the year in my book if it wasnt for Roy and Babcock. He did a great job.