Latest on Jason Spezza’s rejecting a trade to Nashville, reaction of the players recently dealt to the Canucks, reaction to the Leafs shipping Carl Gunnarsson to St. Louis, and the latest on the Flames, Oilers, Canadiens and Jets.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports Jason Spezza’s rejecting a trade to Nashville is drawing comparisons to former Senator Dany Heatley turning down a trade to Edmonton in 2009. Spezza’s wish is to go to a Cup contender. It’s believed the St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks have interest in him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve read several disparaging comments aimed at Spezza for simply exercising his right under his contract to refuse a trade. Those comments are ridiculous. Under the terms of his contract, Spezza must submit a ten-team “no-trade” list. Nashville happens to be on the list. He doesn’t want to go there. The Predators knew this when they made their pitch. It’s his contractual right to reject a trade to a team he doesn’t want to join.
TORONTO SUN: Reaction to the Maple Leafs trading Carl Gunnarsson to the St. Louis Blues for Roman Polak.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My reaction to the trade can be found here.
CALGARY HERALD: Reaction to the Flames acquisition of Brandon Bollig from the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My take on the trade can be found here.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers management claim to be satisfied with their selections in this year’s draft.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: A listing of the prospects selected by the Canadiens during day two of the NHL Draft.
WINNIPEG SUN: A look at some of the players selected by the Jets in the second round of the NHL Draft.