The Canucks are on the verge of playoff elmination, Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson uncertain for Game 3, rumors the Leafs goalie coach might quit, and more speculation over the future of former Flames coach Brent Sutter.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are on the brink of playoff elimination, falling 1-0 to the Los Angeles Kings in Game Three of their Western Conference quarterfinal series. Critics are pointing out the Canucks downfall could be seen during their performance down the stretch, as undisciplined play and a decline in offense since Daniel Sedin was sidelined by concussion has carried over into this series.
OTTAWA SUN: The good news is Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was feeling better Sunday after being knocked from Game Two of the Senators-Rangers series by an elbow to the head by Rangers forward Carl Hagelin, who was suspended three games for the incident. The bad news is he’s uncertain to play in Game Three in Ottawa. Senators defenseman Matt Carkner, meanwhile, received only a one-game suspension for assaulting Rangers forward Brian Boyle early in Game Two, sparking outrage among fans, bloggers and pundits, who rightly believe Carkner – a repeat offender – deserved a stiffer sentence.
TORONTO STAR: Rumor has it Maple Leafs goaltending coach Francois Allaire might retire as an active NHL goalie coach and turn to running his goaltender school full time. Allaire recently received a vote of confidence from Leafs GM Brian Burke, but may be growing frustrated over the media criticism over his handling of Leafs goalies James Reimer and Jonas Gustavsson.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: More speculation the Oilers might hire former Calgary Flames coach Brent Sutter, depending on how well he does coaching Team Canada at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.