Updates on the Oilers, Canucks and Senators – June 12, 2013.

The Oilers could have interested in Paul Ranger, Taylor Hall ready to assume a larger leadership role, Canucks have interest in John Tortorella, and Senators defenseman Mike Lundin heads to the KHL.

Could Taylor Hall become the new captain of the Oilers?

Could Taylor Hall become the new captain of the Oilers?

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers star Taylor Hall is ready to assume more responsibilities under new GM Craig MacTavish and coach Dallas Eakins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s talk of Hall becoming the Oilers captain if they should trade or buy out Shawn Horcoff. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers reportedly have interest in Toronto Marlies defenseman Paul Ranger, a former member of the Tampa Bay Lighting who played for Eakins with the Marlies.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Ranger has aspirations of returning to the NHL, this might be the route back. The Oilers lacked experienced blueliners, and Ranger would be an affordable addition who is comfortable playing for Eakins.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma suggests the fiery John Tortorella could be a good replacement for departed Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tortorella is a good coach, but his fiery temper means he has a limited shelf life. He could either provide the Canucks with the required motivation to improve, or alienate the team’s core.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a report from Russia claiming Ottawa Senators free agent defenseman Mike Lundin has signed with Barys Astana of the Kontinental Hockey League.


  1. John Tortorella needs to step away from the game for a while and hit the reset button personally and professionally.

  2. Would hate to see Ranger go, but he would really help the Oilers. Would have liked to see him play for the Leafs.

    I do not think there is a place for coaches like Tortorella in today’s game. He may know his hockey but you cannot treat players and media like dirt and expect them to perform / respect you. If the Canucks hire him, I do not think the Sedins sign and extension next year. They would just have to ask Lundquist for a reference.

  3. Let’s see: Tortorella yelling at the Sedins that if they don’t block shots they don’t play. Or benching them. Yup, this is a stroke of genius.

    • Agree… The Sedins are not shot blockers.

      I don’t think Torts get hired for this season…

      Nothing more about where Lindy Ruff is going? It’s been pretty quiet re: his hiring…