Canucks coach Vigneault upsets Ryan Kesler, Flames deny trying to woo John Davidson from St. Louis, update on the Canadiens search for a coach, and more.


Kesler miffed at Vigneault?

VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has apparently upset center Ryan Kesler by suggesting the latter’s declining play this season wasn’t solely due to his shoulder injury. Kesler’s agent denies this would establish a rift between his client and Vigneault, but Tony Gallagher of the Province believes otherwise, suggesting Vigneault’s “charm” could divide the locker room.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe it will, or maybe this is just a situation being blown out of proportion by bored pundits without much to write about this spring. Time will tell.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames are denying rumors they’ve held talks with St. Louis Blues president John Davidson about joining their organization to help spell off current president Ken King.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens owners Geoff Molson said the team’s search for a new head coach is ongoing and there is no timetable for hiring one.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will begin workouts next week to determine if he’s up for returning to play out the final season of his contract.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery justifiably disputes the notion the Maple Leafs could’ve gone as far as the LA Kings if they’d clinched the eighth overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s the difference between the Kings and Maple Leafs this season: The Kings were a very good team which under-performed during the regular season. The Maple Leafs were at best a marginal playoff contender which collapsed in the final two months of the season. Had the Leafs actually made the playoffs, they wouldn’t have lasted very long.