Potential candidates for Canadiens general manager job, the Leafs suffer another humiliating home loss, Canucks say Daniel Sedin will return for the playoffs, Jay Bouwmeester on the verge of a dubious record, Senators need 94 points to clinch a playoff spot, Ladislav Smid earning praise from fellow Oilers, and Jets cannot coast to the finish with jobs on the line.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey provided a list of potential candidates for the Canadiens general manager job, which includes Pierre McGuire, Julien Brisebois, Marc Bergevin, and yes, Patrick Roy. Serge Savard, who will be advising Canadiens owner Geoff Molson in the search for a new GM, said the candidate needs to be bilingual, which will significantly narrow the field for hiring the best available person for the job.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs has yet to win a home game for coach Randy Carlyle, suffering another humiliating defeat by falling 7-1 to the visiting Philadelphia Flyers, who had a surprise participant in their game-day practice, when former Flyer (and Maple Leaf) Eric Lindros joined them, accepting the invitation from GM Paul Holmgren. Certainly appears as though the Flyers are continuing to mend fences with Lindros.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis said injured star Daniel Sedin expects to be ready to return for the playoffs. Definitely good news regarding both the status of Sedin’s health and for the Canucks’ hopes of another run to the Cup Final.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester is on pace next season to break the record for most consecutive NHL games without making the playoffs.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators GM Bryan Murray believes his team needs 94 points to clinch a playoff berth. They currently have 88 with five games to play, so they must at least win three of those games, or win two and lose two via OT/SO, or win one and lose the rest via OT/SO. Obviously, the more wins, the better.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers blueliner Ladislav Smid has earned praise from his teammates for his performance this season, including leading the team in blocked shots.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Though they’re out of the playoff race, the Jets cannot afford to coast over the remainder of the season, especially those players hoping to return with the club next season.