A look at free agents who could help the Jet, speculation over the health of the Oilers blueline, plus the latest signings by the Maple Leafs and Canucks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait lists unrestricted free agents who could help the Jets, including Kristian Huselius, Carlo Colaiacovo, Petr Sykora, and yes, Shane Doan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact the Jets haven’t contacted Doan’s agent says pretty much all we need to know about their interest in him. As for the others, it’s possible the Jets could sign one or two as training camp nears, but their acquisitions earlier this month of Olli Jokinen, Alexei Ponikarovsky and Al Montoya could be it for their UFA signings.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy wonders if the Oilers defense corps can avoid the injury bug this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As McCurdy points out, the Oilers blueline was walloped by injuries last season. For the Oilers to have a shot at a playoff berth, their defense corps must be healthier.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have signed defenseman Mark Fraser to a one-year contract.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks signed forward Guillaume Desbiens to a one-year, two-way contract.