Top free agents avoiding Toronto, speculation over Alfredsson’s plans, Yakupov entertaining Oilers fans at prospect camp, and the latest on the Jets, Flames and Canadiens.
TORONTO SUN: It appears top free agent players are giving the Maple Leafs a pass, unconvinced the club is building toward contention.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, the Leafs had little difficulty attracting some of the best available UFA talent to come to Toronto. Not anymore, and it’s largely because of the Leafs lengthy playoff drought. Until the Leafs become a playoff contender again, this trend could continue.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators still await word from captain Daniel Alfredsson if he’ll return or retire.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m guessing he’ll return.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe wondered if Alexander Semin might be a worthwhile signing for the Jets.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This appeared to have been written prior to the Jets signing Olli Jokinen, which could be the biggest UFA signing they make.
CALGARY SUN: Flames GM Jay Feaster is thrilled over his signing of former Red Wings forward Jiri Hudler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell if Feaster’s joy is justified.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov entertain fans at the Oilers prospect development camp.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Don’t expect Canadiens legend Larry Robinson to return to the Habs in a coaching capacity.