Updates on the Sedins, Lars Eller, Leon Draisaitl and Mike Hoffman, and further analysis of the Leafs hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant GM.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford noted how the Sedin twins avoided harsh scrutiny last season for the Canucks lousy season as their own numbers plummeted.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because the Sedins weren’t to blame. As Botchford noted, it was a combination of the wrong coach (John Tortorella), injuries and bad luck which scuttled the Canucks last season., though I don’t buy into his theory of “survivor’s guilt” I would add the distractions over the respective trade statuses of Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler didn’t help.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: With Lars Eller’s arbitration hearing slated for Friday, he and the Canadiens remain apart in contract talks. The Habs have offered up $1.65 million per season, while Eller seeks $3.1 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it is possible this could go before an arbiter, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two sides reach agreement on a deal worth around $2.3 million per season.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Cathal Kelly offers up his take on the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as their new assistant general manager.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers 2014 first-round draft pick Leon Draisaitl hopes to play in the NHL as soon as possible.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite being on a two-way contract, winger Mike Hoffman hopes to stick with the Senators this season.