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THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek dismisses the notion the expensive new contract for Toronto Maple Leafs new coach Mike Babcock is the new norm for NHL head coaches.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The top coaches will earn considerably more now thanks to Babcock’s new deal, but the rest probably won’t see a significant effect upon their contracts.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames goalie Joni Ortio hopes to steal the starter’s job next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he plays up to the potential he displayed during his brief call up this season, that’s a good possibility.
WINNIPEG SUN: All signs point to Alex Burmistrov returning to the NHL next season, but it remains to be seen if it’ll be with the Jets (who hold his NHL rights) or if he’s dealt to another club. He’s currently a restricted free agent.
SPORTSNET: Former Edmonton Oilers head coach Todd Nelson will look elsewhere for work, as his desire is to remain an NHL head coach.