Updates on Taylor Hall, Andrei Markov, Alex Edler and Jason Garrison, Brett MacLean retires, Peter Regin could head to Denmark, and the Flames brass keeps tabs on its AHL roster.

FACEOFF: Edmonton Oilers winger Taylor Hall is using the lockout to allow more time to fully recuperate from off-season shoulder surgery. He’s expected to receive medical clearance from the Oilers medical staff soon allowing him to join the club’s AHL affilate in Oklahoma City…Vancouver Canucks defensemen Alex Edler and Jason Garrison are currently considered “unfit to play”, which explains why they haven’t been practicing of late with their fellow locked-out Canucks. Both continue to draw their NHL salaries while injured during the lockout.

Habs GM supportive of Markov’s move to KHL.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin supports defenseman Andrei Markov’s decision to play in the KHL during the lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given that Markov missed almost all of the past two seasons to knee injuries, it’s important for him to get in some meaningful game play if he’s to be in game shape whenever the NHL returns to action.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Former Jets forward Brett MacLean has announced his retirement after suffering cardiac arrest this summer. He is only 23.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacLean was in peak physical condition and had no history of heart disease when he suffered cardiac arrest in a pickup game in July. Hopefully he’ll be able to continue his hockey career as a scout, coach or in management.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Peter Regin is hoping to avoid tax issues if he returns to his native Denmark to play during the lockout.

CALGARY SUN: Flames management and coaching staff have been busy following their AHL affiliate.

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