Updates on the Flames and Canadiens respective searches for new head coaches, latest on Ryan Smyth contract talks with the Oilers, and Jets forward Blake Wheeler has been a playoffs junkie.
CALGARY SUN: cited an RDS report claiming the Flames had had a second interview with former NHL coach Bob Hartley. There’s also speculation over some complications involving his two-year contract with the Zurich Lions of Switzerland.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is preaching patience regarding his club’s search for a new head coach. Hartley, Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford have been among those believed on Bergevin’s list.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The contract stalemate between Ryan Smyth and the Oilers continues, with the stumbling block being money, not term. Smyth could be seeking over $3 million per season, while the Oilers are likely offering less.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Smyth hopes to finish his career with the Oilers, he’ll have no choice but to accept less money.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler has been closely following this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, and is looking forward to playing again.