The Canadiens hope to spark their struggling power play against the Bruins, the Maple Leafs have something in common with the Blues, some grumbling already about new Canucks president Trevor Linden, plus the latest on the Oilers and Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens hope to improve their power play when they face the Boston Bruins in their upcoming divisional final.
TORONTO STAR: What do the Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues have in common? They possess the longest ongoing Stanley Cup droughts.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: New Canucks president of hockey operations Trevor Linden’s only been on the job three weeks, but Tony Gallagher suspects Linden doesn’t have a plan yet to rebuild the Canucks because he hasn’t publicly revealed it yet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nothing like beating the Christmas rush and dumping on Linden now. Lack of playoff hockey sure makes some pundits antsy.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Should the Oilers have pushed for another season from Ryan Smyth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No.
CALGARY SUN: New Flames GM Brad Treliving said he covets advice from team president Brian Burke.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering that advice probably consist of one word (“Truculence!”) it’ll be easy to remember. Just kidding, Burke’s got plenty of management experience and savvy, which will prove helpful for Treliving if he feels he needs some meaningful advice.