NHL Lockout (Day 95) Canadian Corner – December 19, 2012.

Updates on Joffrey Lupul, Jason Garrison, Devan Dubnyk, Ron Hainsey and the Ottawa Senators.

Lupul not planning to return to KHL.

Lupul not planning to return to KHL.

SPORTSNET.CA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul explains why he won’t be returning to the KHL if the lockout continues, finding it difficult to adjust to a new country and a different language.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman and NHLPA player rep Ron Hainsey is keen to restart CBA negotiations, believing there’s enough time to get a deal done to save the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see that happening until after New Year’s Day, as the two sides seem keen to play “chicken” over this nonsense.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has been medically cleared by the team after overcoming a chronic groin injury which had plagued him for the past two seasons.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: An NHL analyst suggest goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been held back because of internal politics.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, what do you think, Oilers fans? 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Several Senators players paid a visit to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Canada on Tuesday.