No significant change in Oilers and Canadiens front offices?…Senators taking nothing for granted…Things looking up for Flames…Canucks need to get tougher?…Leafs facing key stretch of games…A recommendation for Jets to start Chris Mason against the Hurricanes.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports he’s learned Oilers GM Steve Tambellini won’t be a “lame duck” GM, as the club intends to sign him to a contract extension. The future of head coach Tom Renney, however, is murkier, as the club may wish to wait until season’s end to determine if he’s the right coach for this club going forward.
LE JOURNAL DE QUEBEC: Yvon Pedneault doubts Montreal Canadiens GM Pierre Gauthier will be replaced, pointing out he continues to be given the responsibilities of improving the club by searching for staff and scouting teams for possible trades.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of fans in both cities have been calling for Tambellini and Gauthier to be replaced, but it appears by these reports those calls are falling on deaf ears.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Allen Panzeri reports the currently high-flying Senators aren’t taking their situation for granted, acknowledging there’s still a lot of games to go to secure a playoff berth.
CALGARY SUN: Things have been looking up of late for the Flames, going 5-1-1 in their last season games, moving to within two points of a playoff berth.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks recent game against a physical Anaheim Ducks team indicates they need to bulk up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Does GM Mike Gillis feel the same? We’ll know for sure by the trade deadline.
TORONTO SUN: After losing four of their last five games, the Maple Leafs realize their upcoming home-and-home tilt against the NY Islanders is very important.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs would be wise not to take the Isles, who’ve won four of their last five games, for granted. Isles star John Tavares have been on a tear of late, with a 12-game point streak.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen recommends the Jets start Chris Mason in goal against the Carolina Hurricanes, as Mason has a 3-0 record against the ‘Canes.