David Desharnais surprised by departures of Gionta, Gorges and Briere, Kyle Turris faced big new roles with Senators, Leafs hire new assistant coaches, plus updates on the Jets and Canucks.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens center David Desharnais was surprised by the recent departures of Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges and Daniel Briere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He wasn’t the only one, and it’ll be interesting to see how the loss of leaders like Gionta and Gorges will affect the Canadiens next season.
OTTAWA SUN: In the wake of the Senators trading away Jason Spezza, center Kyle Turris faces big new roles with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Turris had a career-best 58 points last season, good for third in team scoring and second-most among Senators forwards. He appears primed to move full-time into the first-line center role.
NHL.COM: The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired Peter Horachek and Steve Spott as their new assistant coaches. Horachek was head coach of the Florida Panthers last season. Spott was head coach of the Leafs AHL affiliate last season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets’ 2014 first-rounder Nikolaj Ehlers continues to shine at the club’s prospect camp.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks farm team will be stocked with some young guns next season.