Updates on the Canadiens-Bruins series, the latest on Jason Spezza and Jeff Petry, plus the Canucks could use Tim Burke’s scouting savvy.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: The Canadiens and Bruins are gearing up for the final game of their best-of-seven series tonight in Boston. The winner will go on to face the New York Rangers in the Eastern Conference Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Regardless of which club wins, I expect it’ll be another dramatic end to yet another chapter in this long-running rivalry between these two clubs. It’s been a very entertaining series so far.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch analyzes how Senators captain Jason Spezza would welcome a trade only a year away from his eligibility for free agency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the second straight year the Senators could be watching another captain leave town, albeit this time via trade. That likely means the end of Ales Hemsky brief tenure with the Senators, and it could raise questions over Bobby Ryan’s future with the club. Suddenly, a Senators club which only a year ago had such a bright future faces uncertainty heading toward next season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers’ contract talks with defenseman Jeff Petry could be interesting. Though he was their best all-around blueliner, Petry’s game has yet to fully develop.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma advocates the Canucks hire San Jose Sharks director of scouting Tim Burke as either general manager or in a front office role.