Roberto Luongo skating with Canucks teammates, Mike Cammalleri open to a contract extension, Brendan Gallagher not resting on his laurels, the latest on Jared Cowen’s contract talks and more.
VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo skated with his Canucks teammates for the first time since last season. He remains uncertain over what the future holds but for now is focused upon the upcoming season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks will retire Pavel Bure’s number 10 at a ceremony on Saturday, November 2. Bure “will become the fourth player with a retired number in franchise history, joining Stan Smyl’s No. 12, Trevor Linden’s No. 16 and Markus Naslund’s No. 19.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo’s situation is what it is. The Canucks cannot find any trade partners and they’re unwilling to buy him out, so he has no choice but to return. Perhaps a strong performance this season might improve his market value. As for Bure, it’s a well-deserved honor for one of hockey’s most exciting players.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri is open to the idea of a contract extension. Cammalleri is eligible for UFA status next summer and is in the final season of a five-year, $6 million per season deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri will have to accept a significant pay cut to remain with the Flames. Injuries and inconsistency have hurt his production since his career-best 82-point performance in 2008-09.
NHL.COM: Montreal Canadiens sophomore forward Brendan Gallagher believes he’s only scratched the surface of his capabilities. Gallagher was a runner-up for the Calder Trophy last season as NHL rookie-of-the-year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gallagher was a pleasant surprise for the Canadiens last season. He’ll be under pressure, however, to avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: No progress in contract negotiations between the Senators and defenseman Jared Cowen.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples expresses concern the Oilers young core isn’t progressing as quickly as those of Pittsburgh and Chicago when their stars were around the same age/stage.
WINNIPEG SUN: The future is now for Jets prospects Mark Scheifele and Jacob Trouba.