Confusion amid the Canucks organization over a report of the team retiring Pavel Bure’s number, Senators defenseman Chris Phillips pessimistic over progress of NHL CBA talks, Oilers like what they see of Nail Yakupov, and Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion undergoes head surgery.
VANCOUVER SUN: A report in the Vancouver Province claiming the Canucks intend to retire the number of Pavel Bure apparently came as a surprise to people within the organization. Team owner Francesco Aquilini has refused to comment on a report he flew to Russia to meet with Bure to offer him a jersey retirement ceremony. Previous offers have been made to Bure, but he’s been resistant to the idea.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bure remains as polarizing a figure in Canucks world as he was when he was a player. I’m of the opinion he’s deserving of such an honor, but if he’s against it, then honor his wishes.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman and NHLPA player rep Chris Phillips isn’t optimistic over a quick resolution to the current NHL CBA negotiations. Though he feels talks are heading in the right direction, he doesn’t feel a resolution is close and more work remains.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers scouts are following their top prospect Nail Yakupov as he performs for Russia in the current Super Series between Canadian and Russian juniors, and like what they see of the 2012 first overall draft pick.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion underwent head surgery Friday after being injured during a game between the Hamilton Bulldogs (the Canadiens farm team) and Syracuse Crunch. Geoffrion suffered the injury after receiving a hard but clean bodycheck by Crunch player Jean-Phillipe Cote. His injuries are not life-threatening and his parents are with him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Best wishes to Geoffrion for a speedy recovery.