Updates on Alex Galchenyuk, Mark Stone and Jonathan Bernier, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers, Flames and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk has fired his long-time agent Igor Larionov. Galchenyuk is a restricted free agent, but his contract talks are on hold until he finds a new agent. The Canadiens have also offered free agent Michael Bournival a one-year, two-way contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To those who might wonder, no, this doesn’t mean Galchenyuk could bolt to the KHL.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators hopes to continue contract talks in Las Vegas with restricted free agent (and Calder Trophy nominee) Mark Stone and his agent.
TORONTO SUN: The Toronto Maple Leafs and goalie Jonathan Bernier insist contract talks have been amicable. Bernier is a restricted free agent and there was recently some wild, unfounded speculation regarding his future with the Leafs.
CALGARY SUN: Flames coach Bob Hartley is focused more on Johnny Gaudreau (Calder Trophy), Jiri Hudler (Lady Byng Trophy) and Mark Giordano (NHL Foundation Player Award) winning awards than on his chances of winning the Adams Trophy as coach of the year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: From what I’ve read and heard, Hartley appears the front runner for the Adams. The awards will be handed out on June 24 in Las Vegas.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have re-signed forward Ronalds Kenins to a one-year, one-way deal worth $575K. The club also re-signed minor leaguer Alex Friesen to a two-year, two-way deal, also worth $575K at the NHL level.
EDMONTON SUN: The purge of the Oilers scouting staff continues, as pro scout Dave Semenko and director of coaching and special projects Billy Moores were fired.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait examines the depth of the Jets defense corps.