The Canucks ongoing coaching search, David Booth may be ineligible for a compliance buyout, and the Maple Leafs could benefit from other clubs’ compliance buyouts.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/TSN.CA: Jason Botchford reports Dallas Eakins remains in the picture in the Canucks hunt for a new head coach, but the front runner so far could be LA Kings assistant coach John Stevens. Darren Dreger, meanwhile, believes Eakins could get a second interview. Former Columbus coach Scott Arniel and former Dallas coach Gary Gulutzan are also believed in the running.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Stevens is the front runner, the Canucks will have to wait until the Kings are done with this year’s playoffs to interview and hire him.

No buyout for David Booth?

No buyout for David Booth?

VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap recently reports David Booth’s agent claims his client suffered a more serious ankle injury than originally thought. That could make him ineligible to receive a compliance buyout, though Pap reports the club isn’t inclined to buy out Booth as they need power forwards.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Booth isn’t medically cleared by the compliance buyout period (48 hours following the completion of the Stanley Cup Final to July 4), he’ll be ineligible. 

TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran suggests the Maple Leafs could benefit from other teams using compliance buyouts to shed salaries, as they could land a talented player for a bargain price via free agency as a result. McGran listed several players (Brad Richards, Ville Leino, Vincent Lecavalier, Daniel Briere, Marc-Andre Fleury and Keith Ballard) who could become compliance buyout candidates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If any of these players hit the open market as a result of compliance buyouts, it doesn’t necessarily mean the Leafs could pursue them, but if there are any bought-out players who could help the Leafs, GM Dave Nonis could have interest.