Senators owner responds to rumors he might sell the team, the Maple Leafs new owner lost money in their opening quarter, Jets captain Andrew Ladd responds to reality of a possibly shortened NHL season, and updates on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Louis Leblanc.


Eugene Melnyk denies he’ll sell the Senators.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk dismissed rumors he was considering selling the club. In an e-mail response to the Citizen, Melnyk wrote, ““I will never sell the Senators. Not a chance.”

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Rogers Communications and Bell Canada, the new co-owners of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, reported taking a loss in their opening quarter of owning the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s probably because – thanks to the NHL lockout –the Maple Leafs, the crown jewel in the MLSE empire, didn’t have a full training camp period or a pre-season schedule.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets captain Andrew Ladd acknowledged the reality of a possibly shortened NHL schedule.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones believes Oilers center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is looking stronger and is quicker on the draw compared to last season.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Louis Leblanc has been sidelined four-six weeks by a sprained ankle.