NHL Canadian Corner – August 27, 2014

Updates on Justin Schultz, Alex Burrows, Cory Sarich and Francis Bouillon, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs and Jets. 

Oilers still negotiating with Justin Schultz.

Oilers still negotiating with Justin Schultz.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers management expressed confidence in re-signing RFA defenseman Justin Schultz before training camp. While the two sides discussed a five-year deal it appears it could be a bridge deal similar to that received by Montreal’s P.K. Subban nearly two years ago worth close to $3.75 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Schultz makes significant improvement this season it wouldn’t surprise me if the Oilers re-sign him to a long-term extension next summer. 

LA PRESSE: Vancouver Canucks winger Alex Burrows hopes to put the nightmare of last season behind him. Injuries hampered Burrow’s performance, limiting him to only 15 points in 49 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Burrows is approaching his mid-thirties (33) I believe he still has some productive years left. Last season was a case of bad luck (injuries) and playing for a team in turmoil. He should rebound this season. 

CALGARY HERALD: Former Flames defenseman Cory Sarich recounts this summer’s life-threatening cycling accident in British Columbia.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Sarich is expected to make a full recovery this seriously hampers his hopes of signing on with another NHL club. 

TVASPORTS: Agent Don Meehan, who represents defenseman Francis Bouillon, claims he’s still working on a new one-year contract for his client with the Canadiens.

TORONTO STAR: Kyle Dubas, the Maple Leafs new assistant GM, is busying himself learning the club’s inner workings.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are preparing to return for what’s expected to be a tough training camp this year.