Maple Leafs owners optimistic over NHL CBA talks, cautious optimism among the Senators and Flames, plus latest on PK Subban, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Kesler and Alex Burmistrov.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment chairman Larry Tanenbaum, who is among the NHL contingent of six owners currently meeting with NHL players in New York City, remains hopeful over the course of negotiations, saying “We’re going to continue to talk until we get a deal.”
OTTAWA SUN: Senators player rep Chris Phillips has little to add regarding the status of the owner-player negotiations in New York, other than to say the fact the two sides maintain dialogue is a positive thing.
CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban remains cautiously optimistic over the course of this week’s NHL CBA talks.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Blake Comeau sees progress in this week’s NHL CBA negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless a player is part of the negotiating group currently in New York, there’s not much they can tell the local media about the status of those negotiations. The NHLPA is expected to hold a conference call this morning to update their membership on the status of negotiations prior to meeting with the owners later today.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is in Edmonton recovering from a groin injury.
VANCOUVER SUN: Ryan Kesler and Kevin Bieksa took part in a hastily-arranged ball hockey game in Vancouver.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Forward Alex Burmistrov is in Winnipeg being treated for an “upper body injury” suffered during a recent AHL game.