Check out the notable post-draft news on all seven Canadian NHL teams.
CALGARY SUN: Now that the Flames have acquired defenseman Dougie Hamilton, they must re-sign him prior to July 1 or risk a rival club signing him to an offer sheet.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If that happens I believe the Flames will match. I expect they’ll get him re-signed as soon as possible.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Will Oilers GM Peter Chiarelli land a number one defenseman?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers GM had a terrific draft weekend, selecting wunderkind Connor McDavid first overall plus acquiring goalie Cam Talbot and defenseman Griffin Reinhart via trades. Find a top-two blueliner via trade or free agency remains his biggest challenge of the offseason.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan responded to questions over his club’s lack of notable trade activity during the draft, saying they received no firm offers on any players. Shanahan also feels the club did well at the draft table with their selections.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shanahan and company obviously aren’t going to make deals just for the sake of doing so, nor are they rushing to trade some of their high-salaried underachieving stars. If they get the right deal they’ll move on it. Otherwise, those players will return with the club next season.
ESPN.COM: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin ruled out adding players to his roster via free agency this summer. He also doesn’t expect any difficulty re-signing RFA forward Alex Galchenyuk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin didn’t rule out a trade, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he swings a deal this summer to bolster his offense. The Habs have been linked to Chicago’s Patrick Sharp in the rumor mill.
THE PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher gives a scathing review to the Vancouver Canucks management for their draft weekend moves, which included trading popular backup goalie Eddie Lack to Carolina for draft picks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Canucks improvement last season thanks to last summer’s offseason deal, I’m willing to give Canucks GM Jim Benning the benefit of the doubt. The offseason has only just begun and there’s plenty of opportunity to make other deals to bolster the club. Let’s see how things shake out this summer before drawing conclusions.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators defenseman Eric Gryba is looking forward to joining the rebuilding Oilers. Gryba was dealt to the Oilers by the Senators on Saturday.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets garnered praise around the league for their selections at this year’s NHL Draft.