Senator believe Alfredsson leaning toward return, Reimer ready to be Leafs starter, Jokinen looking forward to first season with Jets, Plekanec looks toward joining revamped Canadiens roster, new Oilers coach expects prospect Yakupov to make the lineup, Flames’ Backlund hopes for improvement, and a former Canuck pins Vancouver’s Cup Final defeat on Burrows.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray recently spoke with team captain Daniel Alfredsson, who hasn’t yet decided if he’ll return next season, but Murray feels he’s leaning toward the possibility.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Senators fans have grumbled over Alfredsson not reaching a decision yet, believing he owes it to the team to do so quickly. After everything “Alfie” has given the Senators, he’s earned the right to take his time mulling over his future plans.
TSN.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer claims his injury woes from last season are behind him and he’s looking forward to claiming back the starter’s role.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of viable alternatives in the trade and free agent market for experienced quality goalies, Reimer may get his wish.
WINNIPEG SUN: A matured Olli Jokinen looks forward to showing off his all-round skills with the Jets, who signed him earlier this month to a two-year deal.
RDS.CA: Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec feels it’ll be like joining a new team when he arrives for training camp. The Canadiens replaced their management and coaching staffs, plus adds Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong and Francis Bouillon via free agency.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview given by new Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger stating his belief first overall pick Nail Yakupov could be in the Oilers roster this season. Their previous first overall picks, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, also joined the Oilers soon after they were drafted.
CALGARY SUN: Mikael Backlund is hoping for an improved performance this season, knowing he could end up back in Europe if he fails.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson blames the Alex Burrows finger-biting incident in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final for stirring up anger among the Boston Bruins, leading to their eventual series victory over the Canucks.