Maple Leafs to lose a key part of their management team to the Canadiens, a call for the Habs to bring back a former coach, why the Canucks shouldn’t overhaul their front office, Jarome Iginla suffers a personal loss, and an update on Senators forward Peter Regin.
TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR: reports Maple Leafs scout Rick Dudley could be joining the Montreal Canadiens as an assistant general manager, though it’s believed the Leafs would prefer if the move takes place following the June Entry Draft, as Dudley’s currently busy helping the Leafs with their plans for said draft. Dudley, meanwhile, acknowledged he’s heard the Canadiens have contacted the Leafs about hiring him, but said there’s no contract in place.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Dudley is highly regarded around the league so this would be a good hire by new Habs GM Marc Bergevin, who worked with Dudley when the pair were part of the Chicago Blackhawks front office group. Can’t say I blame the Leafs for not wishing to let Dudley go until after this year’s draft.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd stumps for the Canadiens to lure former Canadiens star and coach Jacques Lemaire out of retirement as their new head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sorry, no amount of money would convince the now-retired Lemaire to return to Montreal as head coach, as the reason he stepped down as their bench boss back in 1985 was he didn’t like the pressure of coaching there. If he couldn’t handle the pressure 27 years ago, why would he want to take on that task now? Hiring him perhaps in an advisory role would be a good idea. Otherwise, forget about trying to hire him as head coach.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre believes it would be a mistake for Vancouver Canucks ownership to overhaul their front office. I agree, it would be silly to fire the GM and head coach responsible for building a team which won two straight President’s Trophies and marched to the Stanley Cup Final only a year ago. Such a move would have “panic” written all over it.
CALGARY HERALD: Sad news for Flames captain Jarome Iginla, whose grandmother passed away last week. Condolences to Iginla on his loss.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Recently re-signed center Peter Regin, who missed most of this season to injury, might be better off playing further down the club’s depth chart, where he’ll face less pressure.