Naming rights for the Ottawa Senators arena to change today, the Canucks will hold a second interview with John Tortorella, Brendan Shanahan a possible candidate for the Flames front office job, and analysis of possible Oilers target Paul Ranger.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are expected to announce today the naming rights for their arena have been sold to Canadian Tire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt they’ll honor Canadian Tire money to buy tickets or concessions.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former NY Rangers coach John Tortorella will have a second meeting with the Canucks for their vacant head coaching job.
CALGARY SUN: NHL director of player safety Brendan Shanahan is among the candidates the Flames have spoken with regarding an expanded hockey operations role. Team president and CEO Ken King said the team is looking to add to their hockey operations department, not replace people. King also denied rumors he was stepping away from running the organization to focus on the construction of a new arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shanahan and his family have lived in New York for several years so he might not be keen to leave the Big Apple. Then again, perhaps he’s growing weary of his current role and seeks a front office job with an NHL team. No guarantee Shanahan will take the Flames job, but it does suggest he could one day move on to a hockey operations job with another team.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples looks at Toronto Marlies (and former NHL) defenseman Paul Ranger, who could be a free agent target for the Oilers this summer. Ranger played for new Oilers coach Dallas Eakins, who speaks highly of the blueliner.