Updates on Taylor Hall, Erik Cole, and Craig Anderson, the Jets wound up truly “locked out”, and the Canucks confirm Chris Tanev has been send to their AHL affiliate.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers left wing Taylor Hall cannot be sent down to the AHL after his recovery from a shoulder injury, because he was on the injured reserve list when the AHL assignments were made. If he wants to play during the lockout, he’ll have to look to Europe.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Erik Cole is nearing the end of rehab for a nagging lower-body injury.
OTTAWA SUN: Goaltenders like Craig Anderson of the Senators are finding it difficult to sign with European teams because they’re reluctant to give up one of their roster import spots to a goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Swedish Elite League ban on signing locked-out NHLers lifted, perhaps some of those goalies might find spots there. It’s anticipated NY Rangers star Henrik Lundqvist could be signed there soon.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Several Jets players found themselves truly “locked out” late last week when they were accidentally locked out of their dressing room.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks GM Mike Gillis isn’t talking much about the lockout, other than to confirm defenseman Chris Tanev has been sent to their AHL affiliate in Chicago. During the previous lockout, Gillis was among the league’s notable player agents.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What’s fascinating is how quickly former players and agents toe the league line during lockouts when they’re working as coaches, general managers, or in league headquarters. It was once suggested that as more players and agents moved into front office roles that labor disputes wouldn’t become as frequent or as lengthy, but that certainly wasn’t the case during the last lockout, and I’m not expecting to see much difference this time around.