The possibility Roberto Luongo remains with the Canucks, the Canadiens head scout denies his team has snubbed the QMJHL, and the latest on the Flames search for a new coach.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford recently reported Canucks GM Mike Gillis wouldn’t rule out the possibility of his current goalie tandem (Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider) returning next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gillis will re-sign Schneider, and shop around to gauge interest in Luongo, but if it’s tepid or there’s no deal to be had this summer, one shouldn’t rule out the possibility of Luongo and Schneider returning for another season.
RDS.CA: Trevor Timmons, Montreal Canadiens director of player evaluation and development, denied the team in the recent past has snubbed the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, saying they’ve always followed the league closely. New GM Marc Bergevin admitted he’d like to see the Canadiens select more players from the QMJHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though the Habs have “snubbed” the “Q”, but rather they’ve gone with the players their scouting department believe are the best available ones to select. Sometimes they get it right, sometimes they get it wrong. In recent years they’ve put more focus upon the American collegiate ranks, but since 2002, they’ve drafted 16 players from the “Q”, including Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse, and their first round pick last season was Nathan Beaulieu of the Saint John Sea Dogs.
CALGARY HERALD: Vicki Hall believes the Flames front office are justified not to rush in selecting a new head coach.