Daniel Alfredsson and Paul MacLean offer up their post-game views following the Senators Game Four defeat, the fallout from the Canucks firing head coach Alain Vigneault, Andy Sutton retires, and Danny Taylor heads to Sweden.

Daniel Alfredsson acknowledges his club faces long odds against Penguins.

Daniel Alfredsson acknowledges his club faces long odds against the Penguins.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators coach Paul MacLean held an uncharacteristically short and terse press conference following his club’s 7-3 Game Four drubbing by the Pittsburgh Penguins, while captain Daniel Alfredsson expressed doubt his club can overcome their 3-1 deficit to beat the Penguins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson won’t give up, of course, and MacLean is defiant in the face of the odds, but that Game Four beat down could be the turning point of this series. The Senators couldn’t afford to fall behind 3-1 in this series,  and it’ll take a significant effort on their part to overcome this deficit.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes believes it’s now all upon Canucks GM Mike Gillis, while Ben Kuzma reviews the good and bad of former coach Alain Vigneault’s tenure.

VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap lists Dallas Eakins, Lindy Ruff, Dave Tippett, Scott Arniel and Tom Renney as five coaching candidates worth considering for the vacant Canucks head coach job.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While I believe it’s unfair to make Vigneault the scapegoat for Gillis’ inability to bolster his scoring depth, failure to trade Roberto Luongo and  the injuries to key players this season, he had been there seven seasons, and it appears the players were puzzled by his decisions and tuning him out. Unfortunately for NHL coaches, the longer you’re in a job, the greater the risk of losing the room. If the Canucks fail to improve next season, Gillis could be next to lose his job.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe believes the now-available Vigneault could be tempting for the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps, but Jets management seems committed to current coach Claude Noel, though that could change at some point next season if the Jets fail to make any significant improvement. Vigneault might not be available by then, but that’s the risk they take.

EDMONTON SUN: Ongoing knee injuries has force Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton to retire after 15 NHL seasons.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames goaltender Danny Taylor, frustrated with his lack of progress within the organization,  has signed with Swedish team Farjestad.

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2 Responses to NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – May 23, 2013.

  1. Icebear says:

    I’m enjoying this pens/sens series so much more considering how many people thought the sens would upset my pens after their series vs the islanders. Should be a doozy against the bruins.

    I didn’t think they had it in them but wow sj has looked good. Lotsa good hockey this spring!

    • Jesse says:

      One nice outcome of having the Canadian Corner feature has been hearing from fans of teams, like the Pens, that don’t suck. As Oilers, Leafs, or Flames fans our primary excitement is talking about what our team could do to get better. Nice to get a chance to recognize the ones that are doing it well currently.

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