Making the case for the Senators to pursue Jaromir Jagr, the seemingly endless Oilers rebuild, Roberto Luongo’s status with the Canucks still in limbo, Flames fans should brace for a painful season, and the Leafs Mark Fraser is headed to arbitration.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes Jaromir Jagr would be a perfect fit with the Senators, and calls up on management to sign him before the Montreal Canadiens (the supposed front-runners for Jagr’s services) do.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think the Senators have interest in Jagr. Their focus appears more on building with young talent than ageing stars.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford recently reported Roberto Luongo’s status with the club remains in limbo, though Canucks GM Mike Gillis bluntly listed his options as “play or don’t play”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo really has no choice. He either returns to the Canucks next season, refuses to report and gets suspended, or retires. His contract cannot be terminated by mutual consent.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychkowski believes the Oilers are long overdue to become a playoff club again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Oilers have a number of bright young stars, they’re lacking depth on defense and on their checking lines. That’s what crippled them last season, and could again next season if new GM Craig MacTavish doesn’t address it.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak forewarns next season could be a rough one for Flames fans following their rebuilding club, but if the rebuild is done right, there won’t be too many rough seasons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames will be lacking stars like Iginla and Kiprusoff (if he retires), but as long as they work hard and put in a good efforts, Flames fans will understand. They’ve been waiting for a rebuild for a while so I doubt their expectations will be unrealistic.
TSN’s Aaron Ward reports Mark Fraser will file for arbitration with the Toronto Maple Leafs.