The latest on the Sedins, Erik Karlsson, Jake Gardiner, Mark Giordano, Alex Galchenyuk, Linus Omark and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a “tweet” from TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the Sedin twins and Canucks management will get down to negotiating new contracts today. The Sedins are eligible to become UFAs next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both sides appear keen to get a deal done, with an eye on having new contracts in place by the season-opener next month.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Paul MacLean ruled out Erik Karlsson as a candidate for the team captaincy, suggesting at this stage in Karlsson’s career it’s a little too early.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s widely assumed Jason Spezza will be the next Senators captain.
TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox speculates defenseman Jake Gardiner could be next summer’s version of Nazem Kadri for the Maple Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll depend on Gardiner’s performance and the Leafs cap space next summer. The good news is, if the cap increases as expected to $70 million, the Leafs will have $35 million in cap space. Re-signing or replacing notables like Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer could take a big bite out of that cap space, but should leave enough (barring pursuit of more expensive UFAs next summer) for Gardiner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giordano seems the best choice to captain the rebuilding Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens “Gallys” – Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Galchenyuk – are confident they’ll avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they do, it’l provide a significant boost to the Canadiens playoff hopes.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel wants his club to get tougher this season.