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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Saturday was locker clean-out day for the Canadiens. Goalie Carey Price said he wouldn’t require surgery to repair his “lower-body injury” (right knee). If the Canadiens had reached the Stanley Cup Final, Price said he would’ve been ready. Winger Thomas Vanek, who struggled as the playoffs progressed, blamed it on being moved around the lineup, saying he wasn’t hampered by injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whatever the reason behind Vanek’s disappointing playoff performance, it’s a safe bet he won’t be returning with the Habs next season. He’s an unrestricted free agent who intends to test the market, and I don’t believe the Canadiens intend to re-sign him. Fortunately, the cost of acquiring him at the trade deadline wasn’t expensive.
WINNIPEG SUN: Alex Burmistrov won’t return to the Jets next season, intending to remain in the KHL. Jets center Jim Slater, meanwhile, recently underwent hip surgery.
VANCOUVER SUN: Daniel Wagner looks at six players the Canucks could select with the sixth overall pick in the upcoming NHL Draft.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if it makes sense for free agent Taylor Fedun to re-sign with the Oilers.