Latest Habs, Senators, Jets, Oilers and Canucks News – August 2, 2012.

Latest on P.K. Subban’s contract talks, Kyle Turris thrilled Daniel Alfredsson is returning to the Senators, the Jets payroll should rise by summer’s end, six free agent blueliners the Oilers should target, and Manny Malhotra to march in Vancouver Gay Pride parade.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone reports P.K. Subban’s agent denied an RDS report claiming his client had rejected a two-year, $5.5 million contract offer from the Canadiens, claiming a deal is not imminent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Again, Habs fans nervous over this should relax. There’s plenty of time remaining for the two sides to get a deal done. That being said, I agree with Boone that this supposed offer was a low-ball deal. I expect Subban should get at least a three-year contract, probably between $3.5 – $4 million per. 

Turris happy about Alfredsson’s return.

OTTAWA SUN: Kyle Turris is thrilled his prayers for team captain Daniel Alfredsson to return this season have been answered.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay Turris isn’t the only Senator whose prayers were answered.

WINNNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets may be under the current projected salary cap floor of $54.2 million, but they won’t be by summer’s end.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the piece noted, re-signing Evander Kane will push them over the cap minimum.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis recently listed Carlo Colaiacovo, Michal Rozsival, Pavel Kubina, Milan Jurcina, Brett Clark and former Oiler Jaroslav Spacek as potential options if the Oilers decide to add an experienced defenseman.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks forward Manny Malhotra will march in Vancouver’s Gay Pride parade on Sunday as part of his support for the “You Can Play” campaign.


  1. Why the leafs have not signed Arnott to a 2 year deal is completely beyond me ….experience big time verteran and stanley cup ring in the room …man o man!

    Burke must be in the Queen Charlottes fishing for Salmon again ….Mat Gilroy is another great UFA so Burke can move out a more coveted defensman for an impact forward or goalie in a multi player deal, nothing wrong with a veteran d man who can skate and move the puck without having to give up a player!

    BOYOND ME ….Kadri better get his full time job on the wing this year …I think he will be better with JVR than Kessel ….IMO

    Burke should also be all over Backstrom form the Wild hes a UFA next year and can take 6 million of the Wilds hands and send back a goalie in the deal ..Harding has been signed and promised the starting position next year anyways

    Phanuef has to go !!!

  2. Subban still needs to pay his dues. While at the low end of what I was thinking, 3 over 3 years (keeps him an RFA I think) is where I would like him to be.

    Is he an important part of the team? Absolutely. But I think he’s still got a lot to do to round out his game.

    You’ll get your pay PK, take the next couple years to show off what some think you can potentially do, then cash in long term. Trying to do that now will put the pressure on you, and hurt your development I say.

  3. Of the 6 remaining UFA defensemen I would take a flyer on Jurcina,big guy,stays out of the box and averages 2 hits a game.Liked him in Boston has a shot too.Coliacovo is injury prone and the others just take up space and are pushing mid thirties.

  4. Burke should get Backstrom right now. Minnesota’s bumping up against the cap right now so they could shed Backstrom’s $6 million this season. Harding just signed a three-year deal and Hackett is ready to back up. Toronto needs a goalie. Backstrom’s 35 so there’s not much sense in letting him age another year. And this way Toronto can see him play for a season and simply walk away if he’s bad. If he plays alright then work out an extension.

    Totally agree about Arnott. They need a veteran or three in the worst way. Their three oldest players are Liles, Connolly, and Lombardi.