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.
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 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.