Canucks to fire coach John Tortorella, Canadiens prepare for their series against the Bruins, decisions coming soon for the Maple Leafs, plus the latest on the Oilers, Flames and Jets.
TSN.CA; Farhan Lalji last night reports the Vancouver Canucks will announce today the firing of head coach John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like president of hockey operations Trevor Linden isn’t dawdling as his critics suggested yesterday. Quite frankly, this is the sensible move. Tortorella proved the wrong fit on a team built for speed and offense. It was either replace the coach or overhaul the roster to best fit Tortorella’s physical defensive style. With a large number of coaches available this summer (including Peter Laviolette, Barry Trotz and Kevin Dineen), it make sense to change things up behind the bench.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien praised the play of defensemen Francis Bouillon and Mike Weaver, but wouldn’t say if they’ll be in the lineup when the Habs open their series tonight against the Boston Bruins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bouillon and Weaver are capable defensemen but they also lack size. Therrien could go with his bigger blueliners against the larger, more physical Bruins.
TORONTO SUN: President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment Tim Leiweke yesterday told Sportnet The Fan 590 decisions on changes for the club could be coming soon. Leiweke also said no one on the team was untradeable, but swiftly added that view “doesn’t mean a damn thing.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The reason for the delay in making significant changes thus far is new team president Brendan Shanahan is meeting with the players and the staff before he starts reaching decisions. I daresay we’ll start seeing some changes later this month, especially behind the bench.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The statue of Wayne Gretzky outside Rexall Place will be relocated to the Oilers’ new arena, which opens in September 2016.
CALGARY SUN: There’s a report claiming the Flames could relocate their AHL team to Glen Falls, New York.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are selling game-used equipment this weekend.