The latest on Alex Burrows, plus updates on the Oilers, Maple Leafs, Flames and Jets.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks signing of Radim Vrbata means long-time Canucks winger Alex Burrows has to prove to new GM Jim Benning and new coach Willie Desjardins he’s still a capable offensive presence.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burrows is 33 and has three years remaining on his contract with a no-trade clause earning a cap hit of $4.5 million annually. If he’s unable to retain his offensive form next season, that contract will become a burden for the rebuilding Canucks.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers prospect Dillon Simpson hopes to follow in the footsteps of his famous father, Craig Simpson.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have shrunk their prospect camp this summer from 40 to 29. It’s also believed Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner, who passed up filing for arbitration, will receive a bridge deal between $2-$3 million annually.
CALGARY HERALD: Former NHL tough guy Troy Crowder is now a player development coach with the Flames.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets development camp opens today at the MTS Centre.