Jets win first game under their new coach, Flames get first shutout of the season, Canucks fall to the Kings, Senators re-sign GM Brian Murray, plus the latest on Andrei Markov, Boyd Gordon and Peter Holland.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets got their first win in their first game under new head coach Paul Maurice, thumping the struggling Phoenix Coyotes 5-1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not to take anything away from this victory, which they deserved, but let’s see how they do against tougher competition before assuming they’ve turned the corner under Maurice.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Dustin Brown scored the game’s only goal as the LA Kings narrowly defeated the Canucks in a testy affair. The Canucks also welcomed back defenseman Alex Edler, who missed the last 16 games with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This game was a continuation of what’s becoming an intense rivalry between the Canucks and Kings.
CALGARY HERALD: Karri Ramo made 23 saves backstopping the Flames to a 2-0 shutout of the Carolina Hurricanes, marking not only their first shutout victory of the season but also the first in nearly ten seasons by a Flames goalie not named Miikka Kiprusoff. It was a costly victory for the Flames, as Mike Cammalleri was sidelined by a concussion.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed GM Bryan Murray to a two-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Murray and his trade plans for this season in the “Rumors” section.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Defenseman Andrei Markov, who’s played his entire NHL career with the Canadiens, hopes to re-sign with the Habs. He’s eligible for UFA status this summer. Preliminary contract talks have begun between Markov and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could get tricky. Markov wants to stay and I believe Bergevin wants to re-sign him, but hanging over this is Markov’s injury history and his age (35). Markov might have to accept a pay cut from his current $5.75 million per season if he hopes to re-sign a multi-year deal.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Boyd Gordon was awarded credit for the Chicago Blackhawks’ own goal, even though he was on the bench at the time.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Peter Holland.