Updates on the Maple Leafs, Jets, Oilers and Canucks.
TSN.CA: Darren Dreger reported Sunday the Toronto Maple Leafs and defenseman Mark Fraser remain far apart in contract talks and could be headed for arbitration on Tuesday. The Leafs are offering Fraser $885K per season, while he’s seeking $2 million per.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Fraser camp is seeking far more than his worth. He’s never earned more than $600K per season in his 143-game NHL career, and while he’s a steady defensive blueliner, he’s not worth $2 million. Remember, NHL teams can’t walk away from arbitration awards of less than $3.5 million, so this could get interesting if Fraser gets more than the Leafs are willing to pay. Stay tuned…
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reviews the quiet moves made by Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff to improve his club for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: His best moves have been avoiding arbitration by re-signing Blake Wheeler and Bryan Little (and most likely Zach Bogosian) to long-term deals. Otherwise, his other moves this summer have been cosmetic at best, unless new Jets winger Devin Setoguchi rediscovers his 30-goal touch next season
SPORTSNET.CA: Defenseman Denis Grebeshkov is not only returning to the Oilers after several years playing overseas, but also intends to train in Edmonton.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jordan Schroeder expects to recover from shoulder surgery in time for training camp.