Canadiens reportedly will announce new head coach today, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Flames and Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Multiple reports claim the Canadiens will announce the hiring of Michel Therrien as their new head coach, perhaps as early as today. Therrien coached the Canadiens from 2000 to 2003.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To Therrien’s credit, he did coach the Pittsburgh Penguins into a Cup contender from 2006 to 2008, but his tough, emotional style of coaching tends to have a short shelf life, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be an improvement behind the bench.
TORONTO STAR: A suggestion the Maple Leafs should sign former Leaf Scott Clemmensen as a short-term addition to allow James Reimer time to develop into a quality starting goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Speculation persists the Leafs could acquire Roberto Luongo from Vancouver, which would pretty much ensure Reimer won’t have much of a future in Toronto. Yes, I know, some will suggest otherwise, that the Leafs could ship out Luongo in two or three years time, but Luongo won’t have as much value by then as he does now, making his contract even tougher to move. If the Leafs trade for Luongo, they’re in it for the long run, not as a short-term measure, which Clemmensen would be.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report from Sportsnet’s Roger Millions suggesting the Calgary Flames payroll for next season could come in at $55 million, adding Jay Bouwmeester could be the odd man out if the club pares down payroll.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shaping up to be potentially an interesting summer in Calgary.
EDMONTON SUN: Prospect forward Nail Yakupov charmed the local media with his wit during a visit to Edmonton, adding to the speculation the Oilers could select him with the first overall pick in this year’s entry draft.