Maple Leafs edge the Sabres, Canucks thumped by the Ducks, reaction to the Oilers recent trades, Canadiens not panicking over slumping PP, plus the latest on Cody Ceci, Mikael Backlund and Paul Postma.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs edged the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 in a shootout to regain a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference. James van Riemsdyk, Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak scored in the extra frame for the Leafs win.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks were humiliated in a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Anaheim Ducks. Zack Kassian scored the Canucks only goal.
EDMONTON SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Terry Jones and John MacKinnon offer up their analysis of the Oilers shipping Devan Dubnyk to Nashville for forward Matt Hendricks and acquiring Ben Scrivens from the LA King for a third round pick.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the short term, these moves won’t get the Oilers out of the Western Conference basement. Hendricks has three more years on his contract and should help the Oilers checking lines. As for Scrivens, his performance over the rest of this season will determine if he’s got a future in Edmonton, as he’s a UFA this summer.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens aren’t panicking over the recent decline in their power play.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Young defenseman Cody Ceci is settling in with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ceci’s play has alleviated the Senators need for a puck-moving defenseman this season.
CALGARY HERALD: Considered trade bait earlier this season, Flames center Mikael Backlund is earning praise for his recent strong play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could also improve his trade value, but the Flames might retain the 24-year-old in hopes his improvement is a sign he’s turned the corner on his career.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Paul Postma is close to returning from a blood clot.