The Oilers to officially name Dallas Eakins as their new head coach, plus updates on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Andrei Markov, Leo Komarov and more.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are expected to officially announce Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins as their new head coach today.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones reports former Oilers coach Ralph Krueger was fired via Skype by GM Craig MacTavish. Krueger professed to be “blindsided” by the firing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, I believe Eakins could be the right coach for this young Oilers team. On the other hand, MacTavish handled the firing of Krueger poorly, though at least he did it somewhat face to face, rather than with a phone call or e-mail. If Eakins can get the Oilers into the playoffs next season, however, few will remember how Krueger was replaced.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins claims his off-season shoulder rehab is going “really well” so far.
CTV‘S Brian Wilde believes the Montreal Canadiens “could definitely find a market for Markov and make a very strong trade. But then again, he’s not looking expensive now is he?”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin could try to determine if there’s a trade market for Markov, but two things work against the Habs making ” a very strong trade”. For one, his contract has only one season left on it, but he’ll earn $5.75 million, which is quite pricey heading into a season with the salary cap going down, plus he has a modified no-trade clause. The other is concern over his reconstructed knee, as Markov appeared to tire down the stretch and struggled as the Habs were bounced from the first round by the Senators.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis said it wouldn’t surprise him if RFA forward Leo Komarov decides to play in the KHL this season. A report out of Finland over the weekend claimed Komarov will play for Moscow this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nonis will simply take whatever he would’ve spent on Komarov to find a suitable replacement.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe looks at how the Winnipeg Jets will stack up against their rivals in the new Midwest Division.