The latest on Nazem Kadri, David Perron, Erik Condra and more.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri isn’t concerned over the direction of his contract talks and is looking forward to next season. Though he remains unsigned, Kadri said talks are ongoing and expressed confidence in getting a deal done. He also likes the moves management has made this summer to improve the club.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish cited the input of his club’s “analytics guys” for his decision to acquired David Perron from the St. Louis Blues. According to MacTavish, Perron is “right up there in terms of controlling the play and shots for and against differential”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Perron pans out as hoped, it could bolster the use of advanced stats by NHL teams. If he doesn’t, expect its critics to pile on.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators re-signed forward Erik Condra to a two-year deal worth $1.25 million per season.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames prospect Johnny Gaudreau maintains he’s staying in Boston College to improve his game, not to sign elsewhere as Justin Schultz did.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former NHLer Travis Green is now the new head coach of the Canucks affiliate in Utica.