By Jim Matheson, edmontonjournal.com
Raffi Torres was a healthy scratch late for the Buffalo Sabres in their series with the Boston Bruins. He didn’t score in the 18 games after the Sabres got him from the Columbus Blue Jackets. He had just seven assists, hammering home Raffi’s nagging inconsistency. He has always been a streak scorer with a penchant for hitting hard that keeps opponents wary, but he had only 28 shots and just 14 penalty minutes in his time with the Sabres. He’s going to have a tough time getting a nice payday as an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
the NHLPA has renamed the Lester B. Pearson award (former Canadian Prime Minister) to the Ted Lindsay award (former Red Wings great)
Next season starts next week for the Senators.
Owner Eugene Melnyk told QMI Agency in an end-of-season interview Friday that he’ll sit down with GM Bryan Murray to discuss changes after the club’s first-round playoff exit in six games.
While Melnyk gave both Murray and coach Cory Clouston a vote of confidence in getting the Senators to the post-season under “difficult cir*****stances,” the boss does want improvements.
Iron Mike has thrown his black hat in the Devils’ ring.
Mike Keenan, the only coach in 70 years to lead the Rangers to a Stanley Cup, told The Post he is interested in trying to end the Devils’ seven-year drought.
“I’m interested in coaching, not just any possible job, but with somebody like Lou [Lamoriello], who has a lot of experience and continues to formulate strong teams, probably the best in the game, well . . .” Keenan said yesterday.
Ten veterans on the Avalanche’s playoff roster have expiring contracts and will be unrestricted free agents July 1 if the team doesn’t re-sign them.
Colorado general manager Greg Sherman wouldn’t talk this week specifically about whom the team will attempt to bring back, saying the Avalanche will have organizational evaluation meetings in the upcoming weeks.