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VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks winger Alex Burrows claims he wasn’t bothered by management’s attempts to woo UFA right wing Shane Doan this summer, saying he’s ready to play on on any line when the league returns to action.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Veteran Oilers winger Ryan Smyth is hopeful mediation will help bring an end to the lockout.
CALGARY SUN: Flames player rep Matt Stajan also hopes mediation proves helpful in ending the lockout.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is hoping for the chance to prove himself as the club’s starting goalie whenever NHL play resumes. There’s been speculation the Leafs could try to acquire Roberto Luongo from the Vancouver Canucks, something GM Brian Burke and Canucks GM Mike Gillis have repeatedly denied.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke has expressed confidence going into this season with Reimer as his starter. Hopefully, we’ll find out this season if he means it.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has signed a six-game contract with the Lahti Pelicans of the Finnish SM-Liiga.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot so enjoyed a recent charity trek through the Northwest Territories with some of his fellow locked-out NHLers that he’d be willing to sign up for a second trek if the opportunity arose.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs has an in-depth interview with Canadiens forward Lars Eller, who is spending the lockout playing hockey in Finland.