James Reimer files for arbitration, assessing the recent moves by the Canucks and Canadiens, and the latest on Jeff Petry, Deryk Engelland and Alex Chiasson.
SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender James Reimer has filed for salary arbitration. The deadline for filing is Saturday, July 5. Reimer, 26, is coming off a three-year deal worth $1.8 million annually. He recently requested a trade.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Reimer’s trade status in the “Rumors” section. The arbitration period begins July 20 and runs through to August 6. If Reimer’s case goes before an arbiter he’ll receive a one-year contract, becoming eligible for UFA status next summer.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford praises new Canucks GM Jim Benning for his recent moves, including the signing of Radim Vrbata to a two-year contract, but notes the Canucks remain a 50-1 longshot to win the Stanley Cup in 2015.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t think any Canucks fan realistically expects their team to win the Cup next year. They’ll take making the playoffs for now, knowing this is a team in transition. The additions of Vrbata should boost their offense while Ryan Miller improves the goaltending. It remains to be seen how the club responds to new coach Willie Desjardins. They’ll also need healthy and solid seasons from the Sedins, Alex Burrows and their defense corps.
LA PRESSE: Richard Labbe suggests Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s recent moves (trading Josh Gorges, opting not to re-sign Brian Gionta) is his way of putting his stamp on the team. Gorges and Gionta were acquisitions of the previous management.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So too were Carey Price, P.K. Subban, Max Pacioretty and Brendan Gallagher. Gionta is ageing and in decline so cutting him loose was understandable. The Gorges deal was curious, though its defenders believe it was worthwhile as the Habs defense needed more speed.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples hopes rumors Oilers defenseman Jeff Petry could be traded prove unfounded.
CALGARY SUN: The rationale behind the Flames signing rugged blueliner Deryk Engelland to a three-year deal worth $2.9 million annually.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: New Senators forward Alex Chiasson is up to the challenge of playing in Ottawa.