Senators defenseman Chris Phillips suing his former agent, problems with funding for new arena in Edmonton, a lockout might do the Jets good, Maple Leafs players hoping for the best but preparing for the worst in CBA talks, Flames coaching staff preparing for upcoming season, and Canucks front office will take pay cut in event of a lockout.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Ottawa Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is suing his former agent Stacey MacAlpine (along with MacAlpine’s parent) alleging shoddy investments and unauthorized real estate deals. MacAlpine is facing similar lawsuits from another former client (and Phillips former teammate) Dany Heatley.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Can’t help but wonder if other former clients of MacAlpine will be following Phillips’ and Heatley’s lead here.
EDMONTON SUN: The Katz Group (which owns the Oilers) request for more funding from the city of Edmonton to construct a new downtown arena is frustrating the mayor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the city puts its foot down and refuses any further funding, we can likely expect the subtle threat of relocating the Oilers to another city to start making the rounds.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless suggests a lockout might be a good thing for the Winnipeg Jets, as a reduced salary cap could make it easier for the Jets to be able to “compete for the best players available without having to spend beyond its means.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only if the salary cap drops considerably lower than the $58 million the league sought in its proposals, and then only if it never increases over the course of the new CBA. Assuming the league gets what it wants, the cap will start at $58 million, and being tied to revenues, will continue to increase throughout a new CBA. Considering the league is also brushing off concerns about revenue sharing, I wouldn’t expect that to be much help for the Jets.
NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs players are hoping for the best but anticipating the worst as a lockout looms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Aren’t we all.
CALGARY HERALD: Despite the threat of a lockout,New Flames head coach Bob Hartley and his crew are still looking forward to the start of training camp.
TSN.CA: The Canucks front office staff will take a pay cut and work fewer hours in the event of a lockout.