The latest on Canucks defenseman Alex Edler, Oilers captain Andrew Ference to march in Edmonton Gay Pride parade, updates on the Canadiens and Flames, plus Rogers unveils its full play-by-play team for next season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks defenseman Alex Edler isn’t going anywhere. While teams like the Red Wings and Panthers could have interest in Edler, team president Trevor Linden said the club isn’t planning to ask the blueliner to waive his no-trade clause. ““He’s got all the tools to be a dominant No. 1 defenceman,” said Linden.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll shift the focus back onto the Canucks’ plans for Ryan Kesler. Kuzma wonders if this means blueliner Jason Garrison might be dealt or bought out by the Canucks. I think Linden and new GM Jim Benning want to see how the defense corps performs under a new coach next season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers captain Andrew Ference intends to march in Edmonton’s Gay Pride parade. Ference said he’s doing so to show LGBT youth they have allies in professional sports. Ference has the support of Oilers management.
LA PRESSE: Joonas Nattinen, who played for the Canadiens’ farm team this season, has signed with Modo of the Swedish Elite League. The Canadiens still hold his NHL rights.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames prospect Coda Gordon will go back into the NHL draft after the Flames decided not to re-sign him.
SPORTSNET.CA: “Jim Hughson, Dave Randorf, Paul Romanuk and Bob Cole will call play-by-play for NHL national games across all Rogers properties, as well as Hockey Night in Canada, this coming fall.”