The Canucks formally announced Willie Desjardins as their new head coach, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Jets and Flames.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday formally introduced Willie Desjardins as their new head coach
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Team president Trevor Linden defied his media critics by getting the GM he wanted (Jim Benning) and the coach he wanted before the NHL draft, just as he said he would. Guess it’s now time for those critics to start bitching over how its taking too long to trade Ryan Kesler.
LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe reports the Montreal Canadiens, having re-signed veteran blueliner Andrei Markov yesterday, are turning their sights toward retaining captain Brian Gionta. His agent remains cautiously optimistic a deal can be reached before July 1, when Gionta become eligible for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have to accept a shorter term (two-to-three years) and for less money than the $5 million annually he earned on his last deal.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait believes it’s time for Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian to lift his game and that of the Jets blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries have hampered Bogosian’s development, but this season could be a crucial one for the young Jets blueliner. If he fails to step up as expected he could end up on the block by next season’s trade deadline.
CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Brad Treliving is expected to retain his first-round pick (fourth overall) in the upcoming NHL Draft.