Canucks goalies Luongo and Schneider downplay “goalie controversy”, Senators captain Alfredsson not expected to play in Game Five against Rangers, Nugent-Hopkins a finalist for Calder Trophy, Jets’ American stars skipping World Hockey Championships, Patrick Roy would consider job offer from Canadiens, and Maple Leafs bring in famous Canadian figure skater to work with their young players.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are downplaying any hint of a “goalie controversy”. Schneider has taken over as the club’s starter midway through their series against the LA Kings, fueling speculation Luongo could be dealt in the off-season. For more on Luongo, visit the “Rumors” section.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, still suffering post-concussion symptoms, didn’t travel with the team to New York, and isn’t expected to be in the lineup for Game Five of their series against the Rangers.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named among the three finalists for the Calder Trophy. To date, no Oiler has ever won the award.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets stars Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler have turned down requests to play for Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Quebec Remparts owner/GM/coach Patrick Roy said he would consider a job offer from the Montreal Canadiens, but to date claims he hasn’t been contacted by them or any other NHL team. Wash, rinse, repeat if necessary…
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have hired renowned Canadian figure skater Barbara Underhill to work with their young players to improve their skating. Anyone who mocks the Leafs for doing this has no business being a hockey fan. NHL players and teams have a long history of employing figure skaters and their coaches to teach “power skating” to young players. Underhill is credited with improving the skating of Rangers forward Brian Boyle.