Calgary Saddledome damaged by flooding, reaction to Canucks potential hiring of John Tortorella as head coach, an update on Alexei Emelin, warning the Senators against pursuing Daniel Briere, and suggestions to improve the Oilers power-play next season.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports of significant damage to the Saddledome as a result of the recent flooding of downtown Calgary. The Saddlehome is the home arena of the Flames. The floodwater has reportedly reached the 10th row of seats, while the dressing rooms, Jumbotron room, the Ed Whelan Lounge and Hot Stove Lounge and various Flames memorabilia are also believed underwater.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The images of various sections of Calgary (including the downtown and Stampede Park) flooded strikes a personal note for me. During my military days, my family and I spent four years posted in Calgary in the mid-1990s, and we still have fond memories of our time there. We attended NHL games at the Saddledome, and twice attended the Calgary Stampede. We often spent time downtown for business, shopping and entertainment. We often took our son to the Calgary Zoo. I regularly jogged along the Elbow River during morning physical training with my regiment. A disaster like this to a city we once called home has certainly affected us. I’ve read of people sending “thoughts and prayers” to Calgarians and others affected by the flooding in Southern Alberta, a donation through the Canadian Red Cross will do much more to help them.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/VANCOUVER SUN: Tony Gallagher believes Canucks GM Mike Gills’ choice of John Tortorella as head coach reflects his ongoing desire to win now, Ed Willes worries Tortorella’s hiring is “Mike Keenan 2.0″, while Iain MacIntyre wonders if Tortorella’s hiring is more of an ownership decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though there’s no formal word (yet) Tortorella is now the Canucks new head coach, it appears most of the Vancouver hockey punditry aren’t exactly jumping with joy over the notion.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Despite suffering a season-ending left knee injury leaving him sidelined until November, Canadiens defenseman Alexei Emelin has no plans to change his physical style.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The question now if, will he be as effective as he was before the injury?
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators shouldn’t rush out to sign Daniel Briere when he becomes a UFA on July 5. The Flyers intend to buy out Briere, but Brennan believes the Senators have enough players of smaller stature in the lineup.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples has some suggestions for improving the Oilers power-play next season.