Canadiens and Bruins condemn racist tweets aimed at P.K. Subban, Canucks ask to speak with Kings executive, and a disappointing conclusion to Ryan Jones’ career with the Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Boston Bruins organization and players joined the Montreal Canadiens in condemning racist tweets aimed at Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban after he scored the double-overtime winner in Game One of their divisional final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read comments tarring all Bruins fans and the city of Boston for being racist, pointing out how Capitals forward Joel Ward was also the target of racist taunts from some Bruins fans two years ago, as well as the city’s previous racial tensions. I believe it’s wrong to tar the majority of Bruins fans or the city of Boston as racist simply because of the actions of a few assholes.
It’s also unfair to slam the Bruins organization. The Bruins have never encouraged or promoted racism or bigotry. The first black player in NHL history was a Bruin. Jarome Iginla plays for the Bruins and was wholeheartedly welcomed by their fans.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis took note of a recent report of the Vancouver Canucks seeking permission to speak with LA Kings executive Mike Futa.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What’s this? The Canucks actually asking permission to speak with an executive from another team? But a Vancouver Province hockey pundit earlier this week all but accused president of hockey ops Trevor Linden of dragging his feet in finding a new general manager. Gee, maybe Linden’s actually been busier than his critics believe. What a concept, a team president who doesn’t provide the media with daily updates as to his plans to hire a new general manager. Next thing you know, he’ll take the same approach hiring a new coach!
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy reflects on Ryan Jones’ four-plus seasons with the Oilers.