Erik Karlsson breaks team record as Senators thump Capitals…Jaromir Jagr has advice for Oilers winger Ales Hemsky…Curtis Glencross could be close to returning to Flames lineup…Leafs goalie coach defends Reimer and Gustavsson…Canucks forward David Booth to play in hometown for first time as a pro as Canucks face Red Wings…Jets Alex Burmistrov on cusp of stardom…Not much optimism left this season for Canadiens.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Defenseman Erik Karlsson broke the Senators team record for assists (47) by a defenseman, as he helped his teammates crush the Washington Capitals 5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Karlsson is not only leading all NHL defensemen in scoring by a wide margin, he’s also ninth overall in league scoring.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jaromir Jagr believes a change of address could work wonders for his friend, and struggling Edmonton Oilers winger, Ales Hemsky.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky could indeed by changing addresses if he keeps insisting on a long-term extension with the Oilers.
CALGARY HERALD: Winger Curtis Glencross could soon return to the Flames lineup after being sidelined since mid-January with a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames could certainly use his offense and grit as they battle for the final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs goalie coach Francois Allaire is sticking up for struggling charges James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some critics are blaming Allaire for the struggles of those two this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Detroit native and Canucks forward David Booth will be playing professionally in his hometown for the first time tonight, as the Canucks face the Red Wings.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Young Jets forward Alex Burmistrov has made significant improvement this season and is on the cusp of NHL stardom.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: There are few reasons to be optimistic as the Canadiens season winds down.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it’s been a disappointing season for the Canadiens, but this could also provide this franchise with a much-needed shake-up, to spur it out of the mediocrity it’s been wallowing in for the past sixteen years. Fortunately, there is a good foundation (Carey Price, PK Subban, Max Pacioretty, Erik Cole, Josh Gorges, Tomas Plekanec, David Desharnais, Lars Eller) upon which to rebuild, and some promising talent (Alexei Emelin, Louis Leblanc, Raphael Diaz) who could play big roles with the club in the future.