P.K. Subban expresses concern for the fans if there’s a lockout, Mike Komisarek mulls returning to school if there’s a lockout while Nazem Kadri remains optimistic over his future, the Senators re-sign Zack Smith, Eddie Lack could be Canucks future backup, and Jets season ticket holders should hear from the team soon regarding its lockout plans.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban voiced his concern for the fans in the event of an NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both the league and PA claim they’re concerned about the fans. If that were really true, they’d have a new CBA in place by now.
NATIONAL POST/TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Komisarek might consider resuming his university studies if there’s a lockout, while young forward Nazem Kadri feels optimistic over his future after a summer training with former NHL star- turned – trainer Gary Roberts. Kadri also acknowledged a possible return to the AHL if a lockout lasts a long time.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another lengthy lockout might benefit Kadri if he spends another season in the AHL, which could eventually improve his chances of finally cracking the Leafs lineup post-lockout.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday announced the re-signing of center Zack Smith to a four-year, $7.55 million contract, worth an average cap hit of $1.887,500. The new deal begins in 2013-14.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smith more than doubled his current $700K per season salary. As with Kyle Turris, the Senators are banking on potential with this deal.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: If there’s no lockout, it’s possible goaltender Eddie Lack could be fast-tracked into the backup role with the Canucks.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets will be getting in touch with their season ticket holders regarding its plans for a potential lockout.