Reaction in Toronto to the Leafs hiring Lou Lamoriello, plus the latest on Max Pacioretty, Lance Bouma, Jacob Trouba and Alex Chiasson.
Reaction to Lamoriello joining the Leafs.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: David Shoalts reports on a re-energized Lou Lamoriello joining the Toronto Maple Leafs as general manager, citing Lamoriello’s experience, championship pedigree and eye for talent among the factors he brings to the rebuilding club.
TORONTO STAR: Bruce Arthur considers Lamoriello the latest strong voice added to the Leafs, while Rosie DiManno believes Lamoriello’s hiring demonstrates Leafs president Brendan Shanahan’s power of persuasion.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You can read my take on the Lamoriello hire here. Time will tell if Lamoriello can succeed where his predecessors of the past 40-plus decades have failed.
TVA SPORTS: Despite a recent knee injury, Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty continues to train five days a week, working around the injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Never underestimate quick healing powers of “Wolverine.”
CALGARY SUN: The Flames avoided a arbitration decision with forward Lance Bouma, agreeing to a three-year, $6.6 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bouma’s arbitration hearing was on July 22, but the two sides were able to settle following the hearing before the arbiter reached a verdict. It’s a trend that will happen more often in the future. As for Bouma’s deal, $2.2 million per season seems fair, but one Flames blogger believes they overpaid, eating up valuable cap space for more important re-signings down the road. Time will tell.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Given the choice between long-term contracts for Dustin Byfuglien or Jacob Trouba, Gary Lawless believes the Jets should go with the latter.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Alex Chiasson completed his arbitration hearing yesterday, and will know within 48 hours of the end of that hearing what his new salary will be. Chiasson’s camp requested $2.475 million, while the Senators were offering $1 million.