The latest on Roberto Luongo, Chris Higgins, Kevin Bieksa, Ryan Kesler, Andrew Ference, Alex Galchenyuk, Steve Begin and more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher believes it’s time for Roberto Luongo to “cut the diva routine”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: NBC Sports’ Joe Yerdon offered up the best rebuttal: “So let’s see: Luongo plays at an elite level, one that isn’t good enough to some in Vancouver despite taking the Canucks to within one win of the Stanley Cup, loses his job to Schneider and sees the writing on the wall that he’s eventually the odd-man out and wants to get out of town and he’s the problem here? Tough to agree with any of that.”
When Gallagher wasn’t dumping on Luongo, he believes Chris Higgins must play with more consistency for the Canucks this season.
Jason Botchford, meanwhile, reports Kevin Bieksa still remembers his late friend and former teammate Rick Rypien, who died (a victim of mental illness) two years ago.
VANCOUVER SUN: A healthy Ryan Kesler is feeling good about the Canucks upcoming season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples casts doubt upon a recent rumor claiming Sam Gagner could become the next Oilers captain, suggesting new Oiler Andrew Ference might have a shot at that honour.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Montreal Canadiens sophomore Alexander Galchenyuk hopes to celebrate his 20th birthday as part of Team USA at the Sochi Olympics.
CALGARY SUN: Steve Begin has signed a minor-league contract with the Flames AHL team in Abbotsford, BC.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators prospect Cody Ceci hopes to make a positive impression in training camp this year.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets signed Brenden Kitchton, a late round draft pick who was top defenseman in the WHL last season, to a three-year entry-level contract.