The latest on the Canucks’ search for a new general manager, an evaluation of Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz and five things about Senators coach Paul MacLean.

Is Canucks president Trevor Linden close to hiring a new GM?

Is Canucks president Trevor Linden close to hiring a new GM?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford examines the pros and cons of former Penguins GM Ray Shero if he were hired by the Canucks. Ben Kuzma believes it is imperative for Canucks president Trevor Linden to have a “Plan B” in case the man he’s believed targeting for the job (Bruins assistant GM Jim Benning) signs elsewhere.  Kuzma reports Linden has twice interviewed Oilers senior VP of hockey operations (and former Blue Jackets GM) Scott Howson, as well as Predators assistant GM Paul Fenton.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Any one of those three would be excellent choices to become the new Canucks general manager. Benning helped build the Bruins into a Cup contender. Fenton’s done a good job as David Poile’s assistant in Nashville. Many key players on the Blue Jackets roster (Ryan Johansen, Sergei Bobrovsky, Boone Jenner, Brandon Dubinsky, Artem Anisismov, Matt Calvert, Ryan Murray, Cam Atkinson ) were brought in either via trades or the draft by Howson.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis believes Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz is looking more like a supporting player than a leading man on the Edmonton blueline.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan recently listed five things about Senators coach Paul MacLean, including his background as a lobster fisherman in his youth and his love of reading.