Updates on Sam Gagner’s contract talks, friction with Jets coach Claude Noel a factor in Alex Burmistrov bolting to the KHL, revisiting the Phil Kessel trade and more.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Contract talks between the Edmonton Oilers and Sam Gagner have yet to reach agreement on a new deal, which could result in Gagner going to salary arbitration.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Gagner does file for arbitration, it doesn’t necessarily mean he and the Oilers end up before an arbiter. Most cases rarely go to arbitration nowadays. One advantage of Gagner going to arbitration is he becomes ineligible to receive an offer sheet.
WINNIPEG SUN: Alexander Burmistrov’s agent cited friction between his client and Jets coach Claude Noel as a factor in the center’s decision to sign a two-year contract with AK Bars Kazan of the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No surprise. It’s well known Burmistrov chafed in the roles Noel wanted him to play.
TORONTO STAR: In the wake of Tyler Seguin’s off-ice issues and his trade last week to Dallas, Kevin McGran revisits the Phil Kessel trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel’s life on- and off-ice certainly hasn’t been as tumultuous as Seguin’s.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Tony Gallagher believes the Canucks core talent still gives them a competitive team for next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see the Canucks missing the playoffs, but they’re certainly not a Cup contender anymore. They’ve got an ageing core, and there’s not much in promising young talent in the short term ready to start stepping up. This must be addressed by management over the next couple of years.
CBC.CA: The Senators ownership could sue the city of Ottawa over the placement for a potential new casino. Senators owner Eugene Melnyk has reportedly planned to build a casino near the Senators arena in Kanata, and in recent months warned the financial future of the Senators could be at stake if it doesn’t find an additional revenue source.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Though Melnyk claims he has no personal financial issues, this won’t dampen recent speculation over the financial stability of the Senators. Melnyk could be just blowing smoke with his claim, but if he’s not, the Senators could be on shaky ground again.
CALGARY SUN: Wes Gilbertson lists five prospects to watch at the Calgary Flames development camp, including goalie Reto Berra and 2013 first round pick Sean Monahan.