Canucks fall to the Coyotes amid fallout from the Luongo trade, Oilers edge the Senators, Jets fall to the Islanders, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Flames and Maple Leafs.
VANCOUVER SUN: Eddie Lack’s 31-save performance couldn’t prevent the Canucks from falling 1-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes.
VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cam Cole lambasts Canucks management for their shoddy handling of now-former Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. Jason Botchford considers the Luongo trade as the end of an era for the Canucks. Ed Willes hopes it’s the first move in the Canucks’ return to respectability.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only two good things come out of this move for the Canucks. They finally do right by Luongo by trading him where he really wanted to go, and they shed all but 15 percent of his salary over the remaining term (eight years) of his contract. The return, quite frankly, is terrible. Jacob Markstrom doesn’t appear like he’ll ever be an NHL-ready goalie, while Shawn Matthias is a third-line center. For GM Mike Gillis to redeem himself he must get a great return for Ryan Kesler and/or land some quality talent in the off-season via trades or free agent signings.
WINNIPEG SUN: Andrew Ladd scored twice for the Jets but it was Michael Grabner’s overtime goal which lifted the NY Islanders to a 3-2 win.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price (lower-body) is making progress in his recovery but won’t be in goal tonight when the Habs face the Anaheim Ducks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With backup Peter Budaj playing well it would be wise for Price not to try to rush back before he’s completely healed.
CALGARY SUN: Flames enforcer Kevin Westgarth (concussion) has been sidelined for at least a week.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan doesn’t expect any blockbuster moves by the Maple Leafs before today’s trade deadline.