Despite playoff elimination, the Senators can hold their heads high, Daniel Alfredsson uncertain over his future plans, more on the Canucks coaching situation, more Oilers got worse under coach Ralph Krueger, and more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan believes the Senators, despite bowing out to the Pittsburgh Penguins, can hold their heads high for overcoming the odds this season to make it to the second round of the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering they played most of this season with several of their best players (Erik Karlsson, Jason Spezza, Craig Anderson, Milan Michalek and Jared Cowen) sidelined for lengthy periods, the fact the Senators even made the playoffs, let alone advanced to the second round, is astounding. It’s a testament to their coaching and their depth in promising young talent. If they continue to develop (and stay healthy), the Senators could be among the NHL’s elite teams within the next two or three years.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson could retire after this season. He intends to take some time to consider his future before making a decision later this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson was third in team scoring during the regular season and led them in playoff scoring this spring. The 40-year-old “Alfie” can still play at a high level, and if he wants to return, the Senators will welcome him back with open arms. While I don’t like to see players hang around long past their prime, Alfredsson is still among the Senators best players. I think he has one more good season left in him. We’ll find out later this summer if he feels the same.
VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap weighs in on the Canucks and the art of hiring the right coach.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cites statistics which show more Oilers got worse under coach Ralph Krueger than got better.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t believe Krueger will be replaced this season, as new management will give him another season to improve the club.
LA PRESSE: Quebecor chairman Pierre-Karl Peladeau has kept quiet regarding rumors he’s attempting to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes, but he also hasn’t denied them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Peladeau has made no secret of his desire to bring an NHL franchise back to Quebec City, and the city and province are constructing an NHL-worthy arena in hopes of enticing the NHL to put a team there. Peladeau also knows it’s best not to make waves. Anyone who saw Jim Balsillie’s noisy attempts to purchase the Coyotes (and the Nashville Predators before them) and move them to Hamilton knows the league frowns upon grandstanding wanna-be owners. It’s only a matter of time until Quebec City gets an NHL team again, either via relocation or expansion. They and Peladeau simply have to be patient.