Hoping the Maple Leafs owner can help end the lockout, the latest on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Manny Malhotra, and more.
TORONTO SUN: Can Maple Leafs owner Larry Tanenbaum help bring an end to the NHL lockout? Tanenbaum is among the six owners who’ll meet today in New York with six members of the NHLPA.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Tanenbaum is believed among the NHL’s “moderate” owners who wants to bring this lockout to an end. Tanenbaum unsuccessfully attempted to broker a deal to save the 2004-05 season during the previous lockout.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets players Bryan Little and Jeff Slater are pleased Jets owner Mark Chipman will be part of the owners’ contingent in today’s discussions between the owners and players.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (who’s been playing in the AHL during the lockout) tops the list of players named to Canada’s junior selection camp. Nugent-Hopkins is expected to receive the blessing of the Oilers to play for Team Canada at the upcoming World Junior Hockey championships.
VANCOUVER SUN: The NHL career of Canucks center Manny Malhotra may be winding down, but he continues to fight for his fellow players in NHL CBA negotiations.
OTTAWA SUN: Sweden is unhappy over the Senators decision not to allow Mika Zibanejad to participate in the World Juniors.