June could be a very busy month for the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Jones’ future with the Oilers in doubt, another team interested in Maple Leafs minor league coach, and the Jets sign one prospect and release another.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford believes this month will be crucial for Canucks management in its efforts to fix the club’s roster issues, which includes hiring a new coach, as well as trading or buying out Roberto Luongo, Keith Ballard and David Booth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Obviously the Canucks front office would prefer trading players to buying them out, even on compliance buyouts, but they might not have much choice in this situation. I doubt there’s much of a market for Ballard and Booth, and to trade Luongo could mean picking up part of his salary and/or taking a toxic contract back in return, which they would have to buy out. The Canucks need cap space if they’re to bolster their scoring and checking lines. Contract buyouts could be their best option.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if UFA winger Ryan Jones has played his final game with the Oilers.
TSN.CA: The Dallas Stars have received permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak with Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks were also interested in Eakins as their new coach, but I think he might be a better fit with a rebuilding club like the Stars.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets agreed to contract terms with Austen Brassard but parted ways with Zach Yuen.