Latest Oilers, Canadiens and Jets News – August 30, 2012.

Updates on Jordan Eberle and Linus Omark, Rene Bourque has abdominal surgery, and Ron Hainsey’s reaction to NHL CBA negotations.


Eberle and Oilers still talking contract.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers and forward Jordan Eberle continue to talk contract. While he might make the same amount per season as linemate Taylor Hall ($6 million per), the term might not be as long (five years, rather than seven), bringing both players up to age 27 and eligibility for UFA status.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That depends, of course, if the eligibility for UFA status doesn’t change under a new CBA.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Winger Linus Omark is heading for Switzerland this season after failing to sign a new deal with the Oilers, who’ll retain his rights.

MONTREAL CANADIENS: announced winger Rene Bourque underwent abdominal surgery and will be sidelined 8-12 weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s a lockout, it won’t affect Bourque’s recovery and efforts to return to the lineup. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets player rep Ron Hainsey has found the NHL CBA negotiations fascinating.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL fans, meanwhile, have a different word starting with “f” to describe the negotiations.