Reaction to the Maple Leafs acquisition of Jonathan Bernier, Flames president confident there will be hockey in the Saddledome next season, Canadiens to buy out Tomas Kaberle, plus the latest on the Senators, Jets, Canucks and Oilers.
Darren Dreger reports Bernier’s agent and Leafs GM Dave Nonis will meet this week to discuss a new contract for the goaltender, who is a restricted free agent on July 1.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I stated my opinion of the Bernier trade yesterday. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up the full time starter in Toronto next season. I fully expect the Leafs will get Bernier re-signed very soon, possibly before the upcoming NHL Draft. The Leafs reportedly may not be done dealing. I’ll have more info in my “Rumors” section.
CALGARY SUN/CALGARY HERALD: Flames president Ken King spoke to the media yesterday regarding the damage to the Saddledome as a result of the floods which devastated downtown Calgary. Kings is confident the Saddledome will be ready for the start of next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Repairs could cost into the millions of dollars, especially to have the arena ready in time for next season.
TSN.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have informed defenseman Tomas Kaberle of their intent to buy him out.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise there.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has not been invited to Sweden’s Olympic men’s hockey team training camp, though Swedish officials say their list of invitees won’t be finalized until “the NHL, NHLPA, IIHF and the International Olympic Committee finalize the agreement to send players to Sochi.” Alfredsson has yet to make a decision if he’ll return to the Senators next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps if Alfredsson decides to return, he’ll receive an invite to the Swedish team training camp.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait believes the Jets require a significant upgrade at center.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canucks captain Markus Naslund claimed he enjoyed his half-season playing for John Tortorella in New York, suggesting he’d be a good coach for the Canucks, who reportedly are poised to hire the former Rangers bench boss.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are reportedly the front-runners to sign Leafs farmhand defenseman Paul Ranger.