P.K. Subban wins the Norris Trophy, the Senators negotiating a new contract with Paul MacLean, more Canucks coaching speculation, the Flames speak with Brendan Shanahan, and Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss has died.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Somewhere, agent Don Meehan, who represents Subban, is smiling in anticipation of his next round of contract talks with the Canadiens.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports the Senators are closing in on a contract extension with coach Paul MacLean, who won the Jack Adams trophy on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there. MacLean has done a marvelous job with the rebuilding Senators.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford mused on the possibility of the Canucks and NY Rangers “swapping” coaches, with Alain Vigneault about to be signed by the Blueshirts and the rumors of the Canucks interested in former Rangers bench boss John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, if the Canucks do hire Tortorella, their press conferences could get a lot more entertaining.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak reports Flames majority owner Murray Edwards and president and CEO Ken King met with NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan on Friday. They reportedly haven’t offered Shanahan a job, but they’re interested in “ adding somebody to oversee the hockey operations.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Shanahan isn’t hired by the Flames, this could set the stage for his eventually moving on to a front office role with an NHL team.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers prospect Kristians Pelss has reportedly drowned in his native Latvia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Condolences to his family and friends.