Canada’s NHL teams should be better, five reasons Daniel Alfredsson should return for another season, a look ahead into the Senators’ summer plans, and an update on the Canadiens search for a general manager.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle bemoans the poor performance of Canada’s NHL teams in recent years. He’s right, y’know. Crowing about how well our teams are doing at the turnstiles and in TV ratings is cold comfort when most of them fail to make the playoffs each year.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren writes the Senators face “a summer of questions”, while Bruce Garrioch considers the Senators to have a bright future. Actually, both consider the Senators to have a bright future, and both indicate there are some areas, like the inexperienced defense corps, which will need to be addressed. Warren and Garrioch expect Erik Karlsson will receive a huge raise this summer, but it could come at the expense of cutting UFA blueliner Filip Kuba loose. Don’t expect Senators management to make any expensive UFA signings or blockbuster deals. GM Bryan Murray will undoubtedly make a move or two, but nothing which adds a big salary.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan lists five reasons why Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson should return next season, which are all valid reasons, but could be trumped by two others: his family, and his recent concussion history.
LA PRESSE: Chicago Blackhawks assistant GM Marc Bergevin has been contacted by the Montreal Canadiens regarding their vacant general manager job, but the club has not made him an offer.