Latest on the Canadiens-Bruins series, Maple Leafs likely to make a decision about coach Randy Carlyle this week, plus updates on Sam Gagner, Marc Methot, Devan Dubnyk and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: The Canadiens jokingly downplayed comments from the Bruins regarding goalie Carey Price’s supposed weakness with high shots and officiating. The Bruins, meanwhile, are confident they can jump-star their sputtering power play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price’s only weakness with high shots is he can’t see them if he’s being screened, especially by his teammates, which was the case in Game 2. The Bruins simply need to keep getting traffic in front of Price. As for the Canadiens, they must play a complete game. They were doing fine through two periods in Game 2, but the Bruins turned up the pressure in the third and the Habs fell apart.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox reports the Maple Leafs could make a decision on retaining or replacing Randy Carlyle as head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Leafs have faced some criticism for letting Carlyle twist in the wind, their recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president was the reason behind the delay in making a decision about their coaching. Now that Shanahan’s had some time to get the lay of the land, they should reach a decision soon.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy wonders if it’s time for the Oilers to part ways with Sam Gagner, while Jim Matheson reports former Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, now a fourth-string goalie with Montreal, hopes to land with another NHL club as a free agent this summer. Matheson speculates there’s several clubs (New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Columbus) which could use an experienced backup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers plan to move Gagner they’ll have to do it before July 1st, before his no-movement clause kicks in. As for Dubnyk, I felt sorry for him as I think his development was ruined in Edmonton. He no longer has any stock as a starter but could be worthwhile as a backup.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot had to drop out of playing for Team Canada at the World Championship due to a back injury.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have a tentative deal to move their AHL team from Abbotsford, BC to Glen Falls, New York.