Latest on Erik Karlsson, Mark Giordano, Nail Yakupov, David Clarkson, Zach Kassian and Grant Clitsome, plus concern over the Canadiens power-play.
OTTAWA SUN: Erik Karlsson explained his recent brief sabbatical from speaking to the press.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the real reason is he got bored with the same cliched answers to the same old questions.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Mark Giordano earned praise from coach Bob Hartley for his leadership through a difficult season for the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He deserves the praise. It can’t be easy being the captain of a rebuilding club.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Nail Yakupov (concussion protocol) won’t be in the lineup today when his club faces the Jets. The Oilers yesterday made another trade, this time a four-player swap of minor leaguers with the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen how serious Yakupov’s condition. It’s expected he’ll be sidelined a week.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs placed winger David Clarkson (elbow) on injured reserve.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries and suspensions have made Clarkson’s first season as a Leaf one to forget.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Zack Kassian continues to “excite, frustrate and test the patience of his coach” John Tortorella.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: At times Kassian shows promise as a power forward. At others, he does more harm than good.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Grant Clitsome underwent season-ending back surgery on Thursday.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens struggling power-play remains a concern.