Canucks to formally announce John Tortorella as their new coach, Jets re-sign coach Claude Noel to a contract extension, Leafs working on a contract for Jonathan Bernier, Daniel Alfredsson’s future still uncertain, Oilers have interest in Cal Clutterbuck, and cleanup is underway at the Saddledome.
TSN.CA: The Vancouver Canucks have called a press conference for today to formally announce the hiring of John Tortorella as their new head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m interested in who he hires as his assistants. It’ll also be interesting to see how the Canucks respond to Tortorella’s no-nonsense coaching style and his emphasis on defensive hockey.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have re-signed coach Claude Noel to a one-year contract extension through 2014-15.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Noel won’t be a lame duck coach next season, but he’s got a narrow window to get the Jets into the playoffs.
TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby reports Pat Brisson, the agent for Jonathan Bernier, expects contract talks with the Maple Leafs to pick up when he and Leafs GM Dave Nonis meet this weekend during the NHL Draft. Bernier is a restricted free agent on July 5 and earn $1.25 million this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the two sides will waste much time getting a deal done. I’ve been asked by some readers if Bernier could be a “sign-and-trade” or if James Reimer is now on the block. No to both questions, especially the first one. Sure, it’s possible Reimer could be dealt, especially if the Leafs get a terrific offer, but I believe their intent is for Reimer and Bernier to battle for the starter’s job this fall.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson headed back to Sweden on Sunday without giving the club any word if he’ll return or retire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators will give Alfredsson all the time he needs, and will find the cap space if he decides to return for one more season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples cited a report out of Minnesota claiming the Oilers have interest in Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, who was injured earlier this season by a questionable hit from Oilers forward Taylor Hall.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers do land Clutterbuck, there won’t be any issues between he and Hall. Indeed, I don’t expect that to be a factor at all if the Oilers pursue him. Expectation out of Minnesota is the Wild could move Clutterbuck as they cannot afford to re-sign him. I believe he’ll be moved, either to the Oilers or elsewhere.
CALGARY HERALD: The cleanup in Calgary following the recent floods in that city is well underway. Over 30 million gallons of water was pumped out of the Saddledome, the Flames home arena.