Habs coach Therrien keeps his cool, why Brandon Prust should be fined, troubling signs for the Canucks, Nazem Kadri needs to step up and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien kept his once-famous temper in check responding to what he consider disrespectful remarks by Senators coach Paul MacLean regarding Eric Gryba’s hit on Lars Eller. MacLean blamed Eller’s teammate Raphael Diaz for the pass leading to the hit, and referred to Diaz by his number rather than his name.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the wake of the Canadiens series-tying win on Friday, Therrien reminded MacLean again of the name behind #61, who had the second-most ice time of the Habs and acquitted himself well in Game Two, with four shots, four blocked shots, three hits and a plus-minus of +1.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Gordon cited the NHL rulebook in calling for Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust to be fined for calling MacLean a “bug-eyed, fat walrus”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: When I heard Prust’s remarks, my first thought was “he’s going to be fined for that”, but to date, there’s been no reaction from the league.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre with a very lengthy list of signs which don’t bode well for the Canucks in their series against the San Jose Sharks, apart from the fact they’re down 2-0 heading to San Jose for Games Three and Four.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted in this morning’s headlines, if the Canucks offense doesn’t pick up soon (especially the production of the Sedins) they’ll be hitting the links by the middle of next week.
TORONTO STAR: Leafs young star Nazem Kadri vows to perform better when his club faces off against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night in Game Two of their Conference Quarterfinal.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: For the first time in his tenure, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has an opportunity to put his stamp on the Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the lack of available talent in this summer’s free agent and trade markets makes a good case for the Oilers to re-sign Nikolai Khabibulin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suspect new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish thinks otherwise. Changes are coming to the Oilers this summer, and that likely includes a new backup.