The latest on Ryan Kesler, Carey Price, Olli Jokinen and Cody Franson, plus Oilers owner Daryl Katz admits he didn’t consider how Oilers fans would feel about his threat to move the team.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks center Ryan Kesler’s return from off-season shoulder and wrist surgeries has been pushed back to January. Those injuries hampered his performance last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the lockout drags on to January, this will work in his and the Canucks favor, as he won’t miss any significant playing time.
CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price will be taking part in a tour through Quebec of locked-out NHL players. It’ll be the first time Price will have seen any game action since suffering a season-ending concussion on March 30.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets center Olli Jokinen isn’t buying into the pessimism accompanying the current NHL lockout, pointing out things are different between the NHL and NHLPA compared to the previous lockout, where the two sides barely spoke. Jokinen remains hopeful an agreement will be reached to salvage the season.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs restricted free agent defenseman Cody Franson signed with Brynas IF Gavle of the Swedish Elite League on Monday. His agent, Gerry Johanson, remains confident a new contract can be reached with the Maple Leafs once the lockout ends.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz claimed his group didn’t consider how Oilers fans would feel about his not-so-subtle threat to relocate the club if a new arena deal wasn’t reached by 2014. Katz has since publicly apologized to Edmonton fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I recently noted on Twitter, with all due respect to Mr. Katz, threatening to move the Oilers ripped open an old wound for the city and Oilers fans. He should’ve known better. If he was truly unaware of how upset the fans would be, someone on his staff (hello there, Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe) should’ve pointed it out to him. Once the new arena deal is finally agreed upon (and it will be), Katz and his staff will still have fences to mend with the Oilers faithful.