The Canadiens sign Douglas Murray, the Canucks re-sign Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts, reaction to the Maple Leafs raising ticket prices, and a man who robbed Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is sentenced.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have signed UFA defenseman Douglas Murray to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the uncertainty over Alexei Emelin’s return from knee surgery (projected to be late-November or December), the Habs needed a physical blueliner to take his place. Murray will certainly fill that role, though there’s concern over his lack of foot speed.
VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have re-signed defenseman Chris Tanev to a one-year, $1.5 million contract and Adnrew Alberts to a one-year, $600K contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The two signings leave the Canucks with roughly $2.2 million in cap space. That could come in handy if Eddie Lack struggles in the backup role to Roberto Luongo.
TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno chastises the Maple Leafs ownership for their latest price hike on tickets, making them the most expensive in the league and pricing out “regular” fans. “The greediness of the franchise knows no bounds”, grumbles DiManno.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs merely charge what their market will bear. Nothing wrong with that. Sure, it’s expensive for middle class fans and the working poor, but this is a business and it’s all about making money. Always has been, always will be. DiManno noted the Phoenix Coyotes charging the lowest ticket prices in the league. Trust me, if the Coyotes ownership were in any position to charge the league’s highest ticket prices, they would in a heartbeat, then dance all the way to the bank.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: A man accused of robbing Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom in Sweden has been sentence to one month in jail for providing police with a false name.