The Kings file a grievance against the Oilers over the fitness of Colin Fraser, former Senators forward Alex Kovalev heads to the KHL, and the Winnipeg Jets’ farm team is officially named.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports the feud between LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi and Oilers GM Steve Tambellini has reached a new level, as Lombardi has filed a grievance with the league over the fitness of Colin Fraser, whom the Oilers dealt to the Kings as part of the return for Ryan Smyth. Fraser was recovering from a foot injury, which the Oilers claimed would be healed in time for training camp, but the Kings medical staff determined otherwise, leading Lombardi to claim Tambellini dealt him damaged goods.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see which way the league goes with this. It could be difficult to prove the Oilers knew Fraser wouldn’t be fully recovered in time for training camp.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan bids a less-than-tearful farewell to former Senator Alex Kovalev, one of the most talented, enigmatic players in NHL history.
“His lollygagging infuriated coaches and management. It was also the joke of the dressing room. But generally, nobody said a negative word about Kovalev, who was respected for his accomplishments of the past and seemed to still have the talent to turn a game around, when he wanted.
Curiously, he didn’t want to often enough.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kovalev had the talent to be one of the greatest players ever. On some nights, he’d be the best player on the ice. On those nights when he was a Canadien, he drew favorable comparisons to Habs legend Guy Lafleur. On other nights, he’d be invisible.Yes, he had injuries which at times hampered his performance, but there were also a good many nights when he was healthy and contributed nothing. He’ll be forever considered one of the most puzzling players the NHL has ever seen, a player whose motivation seemingly never match his great skills, and certainly not when he was a member of the Senators.
WINNIPEG SUN: reports the Jets AHL affiliate in St. John’s, NL will be known as the IceCaps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s what their logo will be:
Most Canadians, however, upon hearing this name, likely automatically assumed this product would become the logo: