A humiliating end to the Canucks season, two key Canadiens are hurting, plus updates on Jake Gardiner, Ales Hemsky, Leland Irving and more.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector offered up his postmortem of the Vancouver Canucks humiliating four-game sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, believing their roster has “gone stale” and anticipating off-season changes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, not Mark’s note, mine. I’ll have my take on the Canucks early exit and their possible off-season moves in my Soapbox tomorrow.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: To add injury to insult, key Canadiens Carey Price and Brandon Prust were injured in their 3-2 OT loss to the Senators on Wednesday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those two are sidelined for Game Five, it becomes tougher for the Habs to rally back and stay alive in this series.
TORONTO SUN: Dave Hilson believes young defenseman Jake Gardiner should’ve been a regular this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hilson’s keeping the “Free Jake Gardiner” campaign alive.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples explains Ales Hemsky is no coward or slacker, but rather was playing hurt this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That may be, but it won’t mollify Hemsky’s critics.
CALGARY HERALD: Leland Irving’s agent is trying to sell the Flames his client could become an NHL starting goalie, but they don’t appear interested.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Could become” isn’t as strong a selling point as “is”.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is still investigating his claim Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke deliberately injured Erik Karlsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is becoming as silly and stupid as Donald Trump’s efforts to prove President Obama isn’t a US citizen.