Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke justifies extending coach Ron Wilson’s contract…Habs coach Randy Cunneyworth seeks first win…Milan Michalek to return to Senators lineup…Flames top line on an offensive tear…Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney hampered by tendonitis…Canucks down Oilers…Jets hope for better road record.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke defended his decision to sign head coach Ron Wilson to a one-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs make the playoffs, it’ll certainly mute the criticism. If they miss the playoffs again, the fans and media will be howling for Burke’s head, as well as Wilson’s. Burke, meanwhile, will ignore them and soldier on. It’s Brian Burke’s world, Leafs fans, you just live in it.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Randy Cunneyworth will shuffle up his lines for tonight’s game against Ottawa, hoping it’ll bring about his first victory since taking over as head coach.
OTTAWA SUN: Forward Milan Michalek will be returning to the Senators lineup tonight. He’d been sidelined for several games to concussion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs are overdue for a win, but with Michalek returning to Senators lineup, it doesn’t bode well for Montreal snapping that losing skid.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames top line of Jarome Iginla, Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross have been on fire in recent weeks. Jokinen has 14 points in the last ten games, Iginla has 13 and Glencross has ten.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: See what I did there? They’re on fire, because they’re Flames…oh, never mind…
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney has tendonitis in his surgically repaired right ankle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This season is just going from bad to worse for the oft-injured Whitney.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks “returned to form” with a 5-3 win over the Oilers on Monday.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets hope to improve on a 4-8-4 road record, starting tonight in Colorado against the Avalanche.