Updates on the Senators, Maple Leafs, Oilers and Canucks.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have reached agreements in principle on new contracts for head coach Dave Cameron and Luke Richardson, coach of their AHL farm team in Binghamton. Cameron’s deal is reportedly for two years, while Richardson’s will have an out-clause in case he offered an NHL head-coaching job.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the fine job both coaches did at their respective levels this season, it’s no surprise the Senators re-signed them.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers announced they fired associate coach Keith Acton and assistant coach Craig Ramsay.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. New head coach Todd McLellan is expected to bring in his own assistants. I’m more surprised it took this long for Action and Ramsay to be replaced.
TSN: The Toronto Maple Leafs signed defenseman T.J. Brennan to a one-year contract and inked forward Andreas Johnson to a three-year entry-level deal.
THE PROVINCE: Can the Vancouver Canucks emulate the Tampa Bay Lightning’s template and build themselves back into a Cup contender?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so, it’s going to take a significant roster overhaul, as the Canucks currently have a number of aging veterans under long-term contracts. It could take several seasons of rebuilding with youth to achieve that goal.