Updates on Erik Karlsson, Nail Yakupov, Tomas Plekanec and Tomas Kaberle, and Dan Hamhuis, plus Jets defenseman Mark Stuart hoping latest round of CBA talks could lead to a resolution.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has accepted a monthly contract with Jokerit of the Finnish Elite League.
EDMONTON SUN: The IIHF is preventing Oilers forward Nail Yakupov from playing in the KHL as he lacks an International Transfer Card, while it appears either Hockey Canada or Yakupov’s former Junior team, the Sarnia Sting, are trying to keep him in the OHL. He could still get a transfer card, but Hockey Canada must sign off on it. Bob Nicholson, president of Hockey Canada, claims the Sting are behind the delay, while that club claims they have nothing to do with it.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a tangled mess, one which hopefully gets resolved soon for Yakupov. It’s unclear why his ITC wasn’t properly staffed prior to his departure for Russia.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec and defenseman Tomas Kaberle are playing in the Czech Extraliga for the equivalent of five Canadian cents per month.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis and his wife donated $100K for the construction of a new Ronald McDonald House BC, which provides accommodation for families of children receiving medical treatment.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart is hoping the latest round of NHL CBA talks could set things on the path toward a resolution.