The Maple Leafs and Senators are eliminated from playoff contention, the Oilers fall to the Avalanche, speculation over who will replace Mike Gillis as Canucks GM, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Flames and Jets.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs were eliminated from playoff contention with a listless 3-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. It was a costly win for the Lightning, as starting goalie Ben Bishop left the game with an upper-body injury.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators defeated the NY Islanders 4-1, but were eliminated from playoff contention as the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings also garnered victories last night.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll be offering my take in an upcoming Soapbox on what the Leafs and Senators must do to return to playoff contention next season. Feel free to leave your comments here, Leafs and Sens fans. Do these teams need a significant shakeup or just roster tweaks? Should there be coaching and management changes?
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers fell 4-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: An Oilers fan recently asked me why I don’t do more of a write-up on the Oilers losses. Honestly, how many more ways can one describe the mounting defeats of a team mired in an eight-year culture of losing? At this point, best to keep it short and sweet.
VANCOUVER SUN: Speculation is rampant over who could replace recently-fired Canucks GM and president Mike Gillis. Canucks legends Trevor Linden and Markus Naslund have been rumored as possible candidates for president, but both denied being in communication with the Canucks. Former Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson was also mentioned. Jay Feaster is rumored among the GM candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I spoke my piece yesterday about the Canucks firing Gillis. Hopefully we’ll find out soon, perhaps as early as today, who will become their new president and GM.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will be without Carey Price, Andrei Markov and Alexei Emelin when they face off tonight against the Blackhawks in Chicago. The move was made to give the three a rest before the upcoming playoffs.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames players have no intention of tanking the season to get a better draft position.
WINNIPEG SUN: Long-time Jets players are getting tired of missing the playoffs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s up to them, as well as their teammates, coaches and management, to address that problem for next season.