NHL Canadian Corner – August 7, 2013.

Daniel Alfredsson returns to Ottawa, the Vancouver Canucks sign top 2013 draft picks Bo Horvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, and analysis of the Edmonton Oilers penalty kill.

OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and his family have return to Ottawa from Sweden to pack up their home in Kanata before moving to Detroit. Alfredsson signed with the Detroit Red Wings earlier this summer, and the Sun’s Bruce Garrioch suggests this would be a good opportunity for Alfredsson to call a press conference and explain his reasoning for joining the Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Alfredsson might also decide to address the issue when he returns to Ottawa with the Red Wings during the upcoming season. He’ll do so in his own good time, either this month or during the season.

Canucks sign Bo Horvat to an entry-level contract.

Canucks sign Bo Horvat to an entry-level contract.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have signed Bo Harvat and Hunter Shinkaruk, their top draft picks of 2013, to entry-level contracts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It brings the duo closer to their NHL dream but it’s not a guarantee they’ve got roster spots. As all prospects, they’ll have to earn that in training camp.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples wonders if the Oilers re-signing Sam Gagner and adding Boyd Gordon via free agency will keep the club’s penalty kill trending in the right direction.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The addition of Gordon, among the league’s top penalty killers, should help.