Canucks re-sign coach Vigneault to contract extension, updates on Brent Sutter and Tom Renney, Senators name a new minor league coach, and former Canadien Jaroslav Spacek slams former Habs management and coach.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks expressed their “faith and confidence” in head coach Alain Vigneault by rewarding him with a two-year contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A number of Canucks fans aren’t happy about this, but it’s a sensible move by the team. Vigneault is one year removed from coaching this club to within one game of winning the Stanley Cup, and they’ve won consecutive President’s trophies as the best regular season team. You don’t fire someone with a solid coaching record like that.
EDMONTON SUN/CALGARY SUN: Former Oilers head coach Tom Renney believes the team is on its way to becoming champions, while former Flames head coach (and perceived front runner for the Oilers job) Brent Sutter plays the waiting game.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have announced former assistant coach Luke Richardson will take over as head coach of their AHL affiliate in Binghamton.
CANOE.CA: Former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jaroslav Spacek was critical of former Habs GM Pierre Gauthier and former head coach Jacques Martin. Spacek was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this season and is hoping to re-sign with the club this summer.