Jets end their season with a win over the Flames, in praise of P.K. Subban, Ryan Smyth retires, plus the latest on Senators, Canucks and Maple Leafs.
WINNIPEG SUN/CALGARY HERALD: The Winnipeg Jets ended yet another disappointing season on a winning note, downing the Calgary Flames 5-3. Earlier in the day the Flames got some good news, as Hobey Baker award winner Johnny Gaudreau signed an entry-level contract.
NATIONAL POST: Joe O’Connor offers up praise for Montreal Canadiens oft-maligned superstar P.K. Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban gets a lot of hate because of his colorful personality on the ice. I don’t doubt some of his haters are motivated by racism. What’s undeniable is Subban is an elite player who is only going to get better. He’s also one of the more personable and hardest-working players in the league. Subban’s the anchor of the Habs defense corps and will receive a significant long-term contract extension this summer keeping him in Montreal.
EDMONTON SUN: Ryan Smyth’s made a dry-eyed but still emotional retirement announcement on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smyth wasn’t a superstar but few Oilers greats worked harder. He was a heart-and-soul player who gave everything to that club. He’ll never be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but I think the Oilers should retire his number. Sadly, he never played for a Stanley Cup champion. He also proudly represented Canada in several international tournaments, earning the nickname “Captain Canada”. He won gold in two world championships (2003, 2004), as well as gold in the 1995 World Juniors, the 2002 Olympics, 2004 World Cup and the 2012 Spengler Cup.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: If the Canucks don’t move out significant salary this summer, they’ll have about $5.6 million to spend on free agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think they’ll have more than that once they move Ryan Kesler and perhaps Alex Edler.
SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports Dave Nonis will remain as Leafs GM under new team president Brendan Shanahan.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Mika Zibanejad’s season is over due to an undisclosed injury.