An update on the Canucks contract talks with the Sedins, the Maple Leafs extend a training camp tryout to Mason Raymond, plus the latest on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, and more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks owner Francesco Aquilini believes the Sedin twins are close to signing contract extensions and doesn’t expect any impediments to getting the duo re-signed. “They’re Canucks,” he said. “They’re what we want this team to be about.”
TSN’s Darren Dreger reports the Sedins met with Canucks management on Friday. “Good discussion, but as of today no offers have been presented.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Henrik Sedin recently said he and his brother hope to re-sign before the start of the upcoming season. It seems their contract talks are off to a promising start.
TSN.CA: reported last night the Toronto Maple Leafs have invited free agent winger Mason Raymond to training camp on a professional tryout offer.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox noted Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis drafted Raymond when he was GM of the Vancouver Canucks. If Raymond earns a contract, Cox speculates he’ll likely earn $1 million or less.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The signing reportedly had nothing to do with the Leafs contract standoff with center Nazem Kadri. Still, if Raymond earns a contract, even for less than $1 million, it still creates a cap crunch for the Leafs. With less than $4.9 million in cap space, they still must re-sign Kadri and defenseman Cody Franson. Nonis claimed he intended to get both under contract within his current cap constraints, but by adding Raymond, someone will have to go – via trade, waivers or demotion – to clear cap space.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish said center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins won’t be participating in preseason play. Nugent-Hopkins is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery and is slated to return to action on November 1.
NATIONAL POST (VIA CANADIAN PRESS): Ottawa Senators forward Jean-Gabriel Pageau is making a strong case for a regular spot on the roster.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said the addition of veteran Douglas Murray doesn’t mean there’s no place on the Habs roster for prospect blueliners Jarred Tinordi and Nathan Beaulieu.