The latest on the Canucks goaltending and coaching situations, a suggestion for the Canadiens regarding contract talks with Carey Price, Erik Karlsson’s evolution into a great defenseman, and Oilers are starring early for Team Canada in World Hockey Championships exhibition play.
VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports the Canucks enter this week in a state of uncertainty over the future of GM Mike Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault, as Gillis has to first meet with ownership before determining the club’s off-season plans. That also includes the status of their goaltending, as negotiations with RFA Cory Schneider are on hold until Roberto Luongo’s situation has been addressed. MacIntyre’s concern is understandable, but we’re only entering the first week of May, so plenty of time remains to determine the status of the team’s management, head coach, and goaltenders. If things remain in their current state a month from now, then it’s time to worry.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher believes the Canadiens should avoid tying up Carey Price in a lengthy, long-term deal like Luongo’s in order to avoid any potential headaches with him down the road if a young goalie should supplant Price as the Habs starter. He also notes Price isn’t in the same class as the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, Nashville’s Pekka Rinne or LA’s Jonathan Quick, this year Vezina nominees. Fisher believes a deal no longer than five years should suffice. If the Canadiens new management opts to wait until the new CBA is in place to re-sign Price, Fisher could get his wish, as term limits on contracts are expected to be implemented in that deal. Heck, the Habs new GM could use the uncertainty over the upcoming CBA as an excuse to ink Price to a four-or-five year deal.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Andrew Duffy on Erik Karlsson’s evolution from Senators raw rookie to Norris trophy nominee.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports Oilers Jordan Eberle, Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins starred for Team Canada in a recent exhibition match against Switzerland at the World Hockey Championships.