Updates on the Maple Leafs, Jets and Oilers, plus P.K. Subban plays street hockey.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will go into the 2015 NHL draft without a new general manager in place. Team president Brendan Shanahan along with assistant GMs Kyle Dubas and Mark Hunter are currently filling the role. There’s speculation the GM role will remain vacant for as long as it takes Shanahan to find a suitable replacement.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This summer could be one of the most important in the history of the Leafs franchise. They’ve signaled their intent to stage a significant – and long overdue – roster overhaul. It’s believed they’re trying to trade stars Phil Kessel and Dion Phaneuf for younger, more affordable talent. They’re heading into the draft with two first-round picks, one of them fourth overall. Staging this rebuild without a new general manager in place is unusual, if not foolhardy.
However, the current front office group also persuaded Mike Babcock, one of the NHL’s top coaches, to join them as their new bench boss on a long-term deal. If we go by that hiring, perhaps the Leafs will be all right with Shanahan, Dubas and Hunter handling the GM duties.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens star P.K. Subban recently made a surprise stop to play street hockey with several Montreal children.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This wasn’t anything planned by Subban. He was driving by, saw the kids playing hockey and decided to join in for a few minutes. Add that to the many reasons why Subban is beloved in Montreal.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers head coach Todd Nelson was recently interviewed for the Pittsburgh Penguins vacant AHL coaching position.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The fourth annual Jets development camp is slated for July 3-7 at the MTS Iceplex.