The latest lockout news on six of the seven Canadian NHL teams.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators star Jason Spezza has signed with the Rapperswil-Jona Lakers of the Swiss Elite League.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin hopes defenseman P.K. Subban has a long career in Montreal, and re-signing the defenseman will be his top priority when the lockout ends.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban’s status sparked trade speculation throughout the summer, including a report the Philadelphia Flyers inquired about his availability after their failed attempt to sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet. Hopefully, Bergevin’s comments will soothe those nervous Habs fans fearful Subban will be dealt.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd is considering the possibility of playing in Europe during the lockout, but for now he’s still working out with some Jets teammates.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Cody Franson hopes this lockout doesn’t wipe out the entire season, as he’s keen to make amends for what was a forgettable 2011-12 campaign.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Franson was considered a real steal for the Leafs in a trade last summer with the Nashville Predators, as he was projected to become a blueline stalwart, but he struggled in his first season in Toronto.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames won’t be laying off employees during the current NHL lockout.
EDMONTON SUN: Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel wants Oilers owner Daryl Katz to make his latest demands for a new downtown arena public.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was cited for his efforts in assisting the two sides in working out an agreement on a new arena. Since he’s obviously not doing much right now in terms of NHL CBA negotiations, perhaps he might want to get involved here again and try to smooth things over.