Reaction to the Maple Leafs new assistant GM, new Oilers are introduced to the Edmonton media, plus updates on P.A. Parenteau, Joe Colborne and more.
NATIONAL POST/TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: Reaction from Toronto pundits regarding the Maple Leafs hiring 28-year-old former Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds GM and analytics guru Kyle Dubas as their new assistant GM. The club also fired assistant GMs Claude Loiselle and Dave Poulin. All agree the move represents a significant shift in the Leafs front-office thinking.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The move can also be seen as grooming a potential replacement for GM Dave Nonis if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs in 2015.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The trio said the usual cliches about how pleased they are to be joining the Oilers and playing in an intense hockey market like Edmonton. They are significant additions to the rebuilding Oilers, but it remains to be seen if their presence gets the club any closer to playoff contention in 2015.
TSN.CA: P.A. Parenteau recently said joining the Montreal Canadiens was a dream come true.
CALGARY SUN: Joe Colborne is pleased to have a new two-year contract with the Flames.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: French broadcasts of Senators games returns to Unique FM for three more years.