Reaction to Craig Anderson’s new deal with the Senators, plus updates on Max Pacioretty, David Clarkson and Martin Marincin.
OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren and Chris Hofley report on goaltender Craig Anderson’s new three-year, $12.6 million deal with the Senators. Anderson claims to be ecstatic over his new deal and looks forward to the challenge of jockeying with Robin Lehner for the starter’s role. Anderson’s contract lacks a no-trade clause, but so too does Lehner’s. Hofley also reports contract talks with Bobby Ryan and Marc Methot are continuing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Competition between Anderson and Lehner could work to the Senators’ advantage, providing them with better goaltending. It also provides them with a trade chip, as they can move one of them if necessary in a deal to address other roster issues.
TSN.CA: Max Pacioretty said he’s had discussions with P.K. Subban regarding the club’s vacant captaincy and both players are ready to fill the leadership void left by the departure of now-former captain Brian Gionta.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other candidates for the Canadiens’ captaincy include Tomas Plekenac and Andrei Markov.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger David Clarkson hopes for a better second season with the club than his first.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following last season’s disastrous 11-point season in 60 games, punctuated by two suspensions, things can only improve for Clarkson this season. How much of an improvement, however, remains to be seen.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples believes the Oilers shouldn’t count on Martin Marincin in a top-pairing role this season.