The latest on Jason Spezza, Andrew Ladd, and Tim Connolly, plus updates on the Canadiens, Canucks, Oilers and Flames.

Spezza's improvement due in part to coach Paul MacLean.

Jason Spezza’s improvement due in part to coach Paul MacLean.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Allen Panzeri reports Jason Spezza has become the Senators franchise player, with an assist from coach Paul MacLean.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/HABS INSIDE OUT: Over 17, 000 fans turned up at the Bell Centre to watch the Canadiens intra-squad game. A number of them chanted “We want P.K”, referring to star defenseman P.K. Subban, who remain locked in contract negotiations with the club.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd became a father on Wednesday, as his wife gave birth to the couple’s first child, a son.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Congratulations to Ladd and his family.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs yesterday placed veteran center Tim Connolly on waivers. Though he could become a candidate for an early compliance buyout if he clears waivers today, it appears the club will demote him instead to the minors.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That means all but $900K of Connolly’s salary will still count against the Leafs cap. It’s believed they wish to keep Connolly in the fold this season as insurance should they need more depth at center.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: New Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has looked good so far skating with the Sedin twins in practice, while winger Mason Raymond has had a strong camp so far.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have recalled goalie Yann Danis amid concern veteran goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is ready for game action. Khabibulin spent part of the lockout rehabbing an injury and might not receive clearance to play.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames have placed goalies Leland Irving and Henrik Karlsson on waivers.