Sharks take a bite out of the Habs, updates on Mark Giordano and Andrew Hammond, speculation over Dave Nonis’ future as Leafs GM and more.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Joe Pavelski and newly-acquired Ben Smith each collected two points as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Montreal Canadiens 4-0, marking the eighth straight loss for the Habs in San Jose dating back to 1999. The game also saw Jeff Petry make his debut with the Canadiens, logging over 18 minutes of ice time.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Mark Giordano will undergo season-ending surgery to repair his torn left bicep.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could not only be the death blow to the Flames’ playoff hopes but also for Giordano’s chances of winning the Norris Trophy this season as the league’s top defenseman. This will be a big test of character for the rebuilding Flames, who are jockeying with the LA Kings, San Jose Sharks and Minnesota Wild for a playoff berth in the Western Conference.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators goalie Andrew Hammond was named the NHL’s second star of the week for the week ending March 1, but he’s expected to be replaced by returning starter Craig Anderson in the Senators’ upcoming game against Winnipeg.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are no closer to reaching an agreement with pending UFA winger Michael Frolik on terms for a new contract.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Jim Benning saw little reason to make significant changes to his roster at the trade deadline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are currently in a playoff berth in the Western Conference, getting surprisingly strong performances from younger players filling in for injured stars like Kevin Bieksa and Alex Edler. No reason to tinker with what’s working.
NATIONAL POST: Will Dave Nonis get a second chance at building the Toronto Maple Leafs into a winner?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I say he shouldn’t, as does apparently a large number of fans in Leafs Nation, but it’s up to team president Brendan Shanahan to make that call. We’ll have to wait and see what the offseason brings.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish believes his team is significantly better now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To be fair, the Oilers have improved since Todd Nelson took over as head coach. They’ve still got a long way to go before they become respectable, let alone a playoff contender.