Reaction to HHOF inductions of Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin, Oilers to announce new head coach, an update on Scott Gomez, and the latest on the Flames, Jets and Senators.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Pavel Bure’s former Canucks teammates believe he was long overdue for induction into the Hockey Hall of Fame. They’re right.
TORONTO SUN: Mats Sundin becomes only the second Swede (Maple Leafs defenseman Borje Salming was the first) to be inducted into the HHOF.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers will officially announced Ralph Krueger as their new head coach today.
LA PRESSE: There’s rumors the Montreal Canadiens might buy out the remainder of Scott Gomez’s contract, but it’s not so simple. The deadline for contract buyouts is June 30th.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Buying out Gomez this year would be an expensive proposition. A better option would be to wait and see if there’s an amnesty buyout period in the next CBA and use that to buy him out without any cost to the salary cap. If not, let him play one more season, and then buy him out next June, when it won’t cost as much.
CALGARY HERALD: With around $20 million in available cap space, Flames GM Jay Feaster expects to jump into this summer’s UFA market.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a shallow market, and the Flames aren’t going to land Zach Parise or Ryan Suter. Feaster must be careful not to overpay for middling talent.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Now that Ondrej Pavelec is re-signed, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff will turn to other things on his “to-do” list, which includes re-signing winger Evander Kane.
OTTAWA SUN: Young goalie Robin Lehner wants to stick with the Senators.