Latest on the Jets, Senators, Canadiens, Oilers and Maple Leafs.
WINNIPEG SUN: Winger Drew Stafford remains at the top of the Jets’ list of free agents they hope to re-sign this summer. The improvement in Stafford’s numbers after joining the Jets in a trade in February has boosted his free-agent value.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Coming off a four-year, $16 million deal, it could cost the Jets over $5 million annually on a four-year deal to keep Stafford in Winnipeg.
OTTAWA SUN’S Bruce Garrioch reports via Twitter no one has sought permission to speak with former Senators coach Paul MacLean or Binghamton Senators coach Luke Richardson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a bit of a surprise. MacLean is a former NHL coach of the year while Richardson is a highly-regarded AHL coach. Indeed, I expected the Buffalo Sabres would contact Richardson regarding their vacant head-coaching position
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Despite the Canadiens playoff disappointment, team owner Geoff Molson is pleased with the overall direction of the club and optimistic over the future.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Despite the incompetent handling of Leon Draisaitl’s NHL debut by the Oilers’ previous management and coaching, he remains a stellar prospect for the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With can’t-miss prospect center Connor McDavid expected to be in the lineup next season, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins centering one of the top two lines and the possibility Derek Roy could be re-signed, it’ll be interesting to see where Draisaitl will fit into the Oilers lineup next season. He could become their third-line center if Roy isn’t re-signed or if McDavid fails to crack the roster, or perhaps they’ll shift him to left wing.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year contract.