Senators coach up for Adams Trophy, Senators owner hopes Alfredsson returns, Burmistrov not headed for the KHL, another update on the Canadiens GM hunt, and find out which Canadian team Bob Hartley denied speaking to for their vacant coaching job.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports Senators head coach Paul MacLean is a finalist for the Adams Trophy (along with Ken Hitchcock of the Blues and John Tortorella of the Rangers) for NHL coach of the year. Team owner Eugene Melnyk, meanwhile, hopes team captain Daniel Alfredsson returns for one more season.
WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Agent Mark Gandler, who represents Winnipeg Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov, denied a report claiming KHL team AK Bars Kazan had made him a contract offer. Gandler said neither he or his client had been contacted by any KHL team, and pointed out Burmistrov remains under contract with the Jets for another season. Furthermore, the NHL and KHL have an agreement to respect each others contracts, though it’s not legally binding.
CANOE.CA: reports the Montreal Canadiens met with Tampa Bay Lightning assistant Julien Brisebois last week, and he’s now on their list of potential candidates for their vacant GM post. Brisebois is the guy I believe would be the best choice for the position. Hopefully, we’ll find out very soon who the Habs will pick as their new GM.
CANOE.CA: reports former NHL coach Bob Hartley, currently coaching in Switzerland, denied having contact with the Calgary Flames regarding their vacant head coaching position.