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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs believes the Canadiens have nothing to be ashamed of following their elimination from the Eastern Conference Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was a terrific run for the Canadiens, who have a bright future ahead of them, provided management doesn’t get short-sighted and try to “go for it” next season by making quick-fix moves. Montreal fans acquitted themselves well, too. No riots in downtown Montreal, no controversial incidents or violence throughout the post-season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: With the Canucks’ best players trending downward, Jason Botchford wonders if they should try to retool or take a longer view, even if it means missing the playoffs for the next couple of years.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think new Canucks GM Jim Benning will try to tweak the current roster and see how well they perform next season. If they struggle again, it’s time for an overhaul.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff isn’t ruling out making changes to his roster but he’s playing coy over whether he’ll make any trades.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Can Viktor Fasth challenge Ben Scrivens for the role of Oilers’ starting goaltender?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No matter who becomes the Oilers starter, their goaltending is better starting next season than it was starting this one.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is leading a boycott of World Cup sponsors in hopes of forcing officials to move the 2018 World Cup away from Russia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Does this mean Melnyk’s given up his old hobby of playing “CSI: Ottawa“?