Among today’s collection of notable stories involving Canadian based NHL teams: Canucks take “wait-and-see” approach to Alex Edler’s contract talks, Dustin Byfuglien opens ups, Nail Yakupov’s administrative nightmare, the latest on Nazem Kadri, and more.
NATIONAL POST: The Vancouver Canucks were unable to re-sign defenseman Alexander Edler before the previous CBA expired, preferring to take a wait-and-see approach to determine his true value once the league returns to action under a new CBA. Edler is eligible for UFA status next summer.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien recently spoke with Sun reporter Ken Wiebe, opening up about fatherhood, his intent to be fully healthy for the upcoming season, his love of the outdoors, and his recent legal problems in Minnesota.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien’s legal problems are now behind him, while the weight concerns of Jets fans appear to be unfounded, if this story is anything to go by.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tykchowski believes all parties (the Oilers, KHL, OHL, agents) are responsible for the administrative nightmare preventing Nail Yakupov from playing in the KHL.
NATIONAL POST: Maple Leafs prospect Nazem Kadri is trying to remain positive as the NHL lockout threatens to delay his NHL dreams.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames top prospect Sven Baertschi is among those “feeling the heat” in preparation for the start of AHL training camp.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray will be following the Senators top prospects as they prepared for AHL training camp.