An update on Ryan Kesler’s return to the Canucks, Mark Messier wins arbitration case with Canucks, Senators still lacking depth in toughness, and Jets hire second assistant GM.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler’s agent said the Canucks center won’t be returning to the lineup until December following off-season shoulder and wrist injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those injuries explain both the decline in Kesler’s production last season, as well as the Canucks rumored pursuit of UFA center Jason Arnott.
VANCOUVER SUN: Former Canuck Mark Messier won a $6 million settlement in a long-standing contract grievance he had with the team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Over a decade after his disappointing three-season tenure with the Canucks, Messier continues to haunt this team.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are still lacking depth in toughness, plus they also need to reach the cap floor before the start of this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A good chunk of that cap space will obviously be used to bring in another physical player or two.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have promoted Larry Simmons to assistant general manager.