The latest on Jason Spezza, Josh Gorges and Chris Tanev, plus the Flames add two former NHLers to their AHL farm team staff.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators star Jason Spezza recently spoke about the departure of long-time Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and his thoughts about being a candidate to replace Alfredsson as team captain. Like everyone else, Spezza was surprised by Alfredsson’s decision to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, and acknowledged becoming captain was something he was working toward, adding the club already has a terrific leadership group so nothing would have to change.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza seems the likely choice. Though 35-year-old Chris Phillips has been there longer, he’s coming to the end of his career, while Spezza is 30 and likely has several years remaining with the Senators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges is gearing up for another season, coming off a summer in which he got married. He’s looking forward to the upcoming season and playing with new Habs Daniel Briere and George Parros.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges is one of the stalwarts of the Canadiens blueline, and will be key to the Habs improving on last season’s performance, particularly in the postseason.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: There’s been no progress in contract negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and RFA blueliner Chris Tanev.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have hired Craig Conroy as their hockey operations boss of the Abbotsford Heat (their farm club). Robbie Ftorek was also hired as an assistant coach with the Heat.