Oilers hire Todd McLellan as head coach, Senators owner Eugene Melnyk undergoes liver transplant, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Canucks, Flames and Jets.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: As expected, the Edmonton Oilers officially named former San Jose Sharks coach Todd McLellan as their new head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In little over a month, the Oilers made Bob Nicholson their CEO, hired a new GM in Peter Chiarelli, won the 2015 Draft lottery and landed a respected new head coach. As one pundit observed, the Oilers have won the offseason thus far. They’ve still go a lot of work to do to become a winner on the ice, but for the first time in years there’s a sense of unabashed renewal and optimism about the Oilers.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk underwent successful liver transplant surgery last night. He and his donor are said to be resting comfortably and doing well.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to both on a swift recovery.
TSN.CA: The Toronto Maple Leafs offseason “to do” list is growing after their recent decision to part ways with Gord Dineen, head coach of their AHL farm team. Over a month after the end of the regular season, the club is still lacking a new general manager and head coach.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed the Leafs will hired a new coach before they land a new GM and have requested permission to speak with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds coach Sheldon Keefe. Despite the growing unease among Toronto pundits and some Leafs fans over how long it’s taking to hire a new GM and head coach, the club still has plenty of time to get both positions filled before the NHL Draft in June. With the “Mike Babcock domino” about to fall, the Leafs could have a new bench boss in place quite soon.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are mulling their options regarding prospect Patrick McNally, who must be re-signed before August 15th or he becomes a UFA. McNally, who was selected by the Canucks in the 2010 NHL Draft, recently completed his collegiate career.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames have signed Czech defenseman Jakub Nakladal to a one-year contract.
WINNIPEG SUN: Possessing two picks in the opening round of the 2015 NHL Draft gives the Jets some flexibility.