A suggestion for a new GM for the Montreal Canadiens…Is Tom Renney in danger of losing his job as Oilers head coach?…Maple Leafs break up their first line…Canucks prepare for the Minnesota Wild…Jared Cowen gets support for Calder from notable teammate…Another injury for the Jets…Flames lose a forward to injury.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher weighs in on the mess that is the Canadiens front office, noting the suggestions from fans and pundits as to who should replace Pierre Gauthier as general manager. Fisher’s choice? Former Habs GM Serge Savard.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I respect Fisher and have enjoyed his work for years, but suggesting the Canadiens bring back a GM who hasn’t managed a team since 1995 makes as much sense as suggesting Don Cherry can still coach an NHL team. Savard has been out of the game too long.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson responds to those calling for the Oilers to fire head coach Tom Renney, offering up a lengthy defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s little Renney can do about the rash of injuries or the ongoing lack of experienced depth on the blueline and checking lines
TORONTO SUN: The slumping Maple Leafs have broken up their first line for tonight’s game against the LA Kings, in hopes of improving its defensive play.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks prepare to face the Minnesota Wild for the first time since the Wild spanked them 5-1 on November 3.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild have been jockeying with the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Conference for weeks, but the Canucks are considerably improved over what they were in early November. Should be an entertaining game.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Jason Spezza believes rookie teammate Jared Cowen should merit consideration for the Calder Trophy this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cowen probably won’t finish in the top three nominees, but Spezza is correct about Cowen’s positive impact upon the Senators defense this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Another Jets player is sidelined, this time center Bryan Little, who’s day-to-day after taking a shot on the back in Saturday’s game against Anaheim.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little was rounding back into scoring form in recent weeks following a slow start, so the Jets will hope this doesn’t waylay Little for any significant period of time.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames lost to the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday (4-2), plus lost center Matt Stajan to an ankle injury.