A listing of possible general manager and coaching candidates for the Capitals, Daniel Alfredsson once again to consider his future, and a modest free agent proposal for the Canucks.
WASHINGTON POST: Katie Carrera lists possible general manager and coaching candidates for the Capitals. The GM list consists of current assistant general managers from several teams: Jim Benning (Bruins), Craig Billington (Avalanche), Jason Botterill (Penguins), Julien Brisbois (Penguins), Paul Fenton (Predators), Laurence Gilman (Canucks), Ron Hextall (Flyers), Claude Loiselle (Maple Leafs) and the Capitals’ own Brian MacLellan. Coaching options include former NHL coaches Peter Laviolette, Barry Trotz, John Stevens, Guy Boucher, Kevin Dineen and Glen Gulutzan, along with Mike Haviland and Phil Housley.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect replacing the general manager will be the priority, as he will undoubtedly have a say in who gets hired as head coach.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Daniel Alfredsson prefers to return with the Red Wings next season if he doesn’t decide to retire. Wings coach Mike Babcock believes health will factor into Alfredsson’s plans. Kulfan speculates the Wings depth in promising youth could entice Alfredsson to return.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson had a decent season (49 points in 68 games) with the Wings, playing a leadership role in helping them clinch a playoff spot. In the playoffs, however, he was limited to three games and kept off the scoresheet by the Bruins. He’ll turn 42 in December.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson recently suggested the Canucks consider signing Jaromir Jagr if he fails to re-sign with the New Jersey Devils this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Jagr did have a solid season and shouldn’t be expensive to sign, he’s worthwhile only for playoff contenders. The Canucks should commence rebuilding this summer, which means pursuing younger players, not those in their forties.