Jets replace coach Claude Noel with Paul Maurice, the Leafs edge the Devils, Oilers fall to the Blackhawks, an update on Jason Garrison plus the latest on the Canadiens, Senators and Flames.
WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Winnipeg Jets fired head coach Claude Noel on Sunday, replacing him with former Hurricanes and Maple Leafs bench boss Paul Maurice. Ed Tait reports Maurice will have his work cut out for him addressing the Jets current problems, which includes improving their defensive play, figuring out where to play Dustin Byfuglien and instilling confidence in a dispirited roster.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This coaching change was expected, though the hiring of Maurice surprised me. The Jets are floundering and there’s no trades management could make this season to significantly improve their performance. If the Jets fail to get better under Maurice over the rest of this season, major roster changes could take place in the off-season.
TORONTO STAR: James van Riemsdyk scored the winner in a shootout and Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.
EDMONTON SUN: The Chicago Blackhawks overcame Patrick Kane inadvertently scoring in his own net to down the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has struggled of late.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren lists several reasons behind the Senators recent turnaround, including goalie Craig Anderson regaining his strong form and the improved play of the defense.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators have climbed to within two points of a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens enjoyed Sunday off following their 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE; They deserved it. That was a big win for the Habs in a very entertaining game.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames hope their moral victory in their loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins will help them in tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.