Update on Senators owner Eugene Melnyk plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk could undergo an emergency liver transplant in a matter of days. Over 12 candidates have been selected to undergo the donor screening process.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Melnyk has a rare blood type, which explains in part why there was a public call for emergency donors. Over 2,000 people contacted the Senators organization, resulting in more than 500 people being a potential match for Melnyk.
SPORTSNET: The Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres are reportedly the only two teams that formally filed for permission to speak with Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. The Leafs have also contacted Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe regarding a potential job within their organization or with their farm team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, the Leafs have a one-in-three chance of signing Babcock. On the other hand, the limited number of clubs which formally requested permission to speak with Babcock could increase the odds of him staying with the Red Wings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis muses over Teddy Purcell’s future with the Edmonton Oilers.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens have not renewed the contract of Hamilton Bulldogs assistant coach Stephan Lebeau.