The latest on Phil Kessel, Erik Karlsson, Chris Tanev, Mark Scheifele, and Roman Cervenka, plus an update on the new arena for the Edmonton Oilers.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan believes the Maple Leafs need to get forward Phil Kessel re-signed to a long-term extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed. Kessel was not only the Leafs leading regular season scorer for the fourth consecutive season, he silenced his critics with his performance against the Boston Bruins in their recent conference quarterfinal. It’ll probably cost $7 million per season to get it done, but he’s worth it.
OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan observed Senators star defenseman Erik Karlsson still hasn’t fully recovered from his Achilles tendon injury suffered back in February.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s to be expected. Most observers didn’t expect Karlsson to return until next season. His skating is obviously still affected, but he should return to speed by next season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson believes re-signing Canucks defenseman Chris Tanev won’t come cheap, suggesting rival clubs could have interest in him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jamieson suggests the possibility of an offer sheet for Tanev, but it would be easily matched unless a rival were willing to grossly overpay, which I don’t see happening.
CALGARY HERALD: Romas Cervenka’s tenure with the Flames is over, as he’s returning to the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And the Flames search for depth at center continues.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Barrie Colts coach Dale Hawerchuk believes Jets prospect Mark Scheifele is now NHL-ready.
SPORTSNET.CA: The City of Edmonton and the Oilers ownership have finally agreed to the costs of constructing a new arena.