Leafs hire Jacques Lemaire, plus the latest on Brendan Gallagher, Marc Methot and Brandon Prust in your NHL Canadian Corner.

Jacques Lemaire joins the Leafs coaching staff.

Jacques Lemaire joins the Leafs coaching staff.

TORONTO STAR: The Toronto Maple Leafs hired former NHL coach Jacques Lemaire as a special assignment coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lemaire’s hiring was the latest in a series of notable staff additions by the Leafs this offseason. It’ll be interesting to see what effect this revamped coaching and front-office staff will have upon the Leafs roster. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Brendan Gallagher is looking forward to playing with new teammates Alexander Semin and Zack Kassian.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot has put last season’s nagging hip and back injury behind him and is looking forward to the start of training camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Having a healthy Methot for a full season will provide a boost to the Senators’ blueline corps.

SPORTSNET: Winger Brandon Prust is seeing the positives in his trade from Montreal to Vancouver this summer.