An update on Andrei Markov’s contract talks, Flames president Brian Burke calls for a new arena for his team, the Senators rebut Don Cherry, listing what the Oilers must do to become a playoff club, the Leafs are still waiting for Tyler Biggs to develop into an NHLer, plus updates on the Canucks and Jets.
TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports he’s spoken with the agent for Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who wants a new contract for at least three years to re-sign with the Habs. The 35-year-old Markov is coming off a three-year deal worth $5.75 million annually.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov will have to accept a pay cut if he wants a three year deal. Otherwise the Habs could pass on re-signing him. Given his age, they’re probably unwilling to commit beyond two years.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators used their Twitter account to school Don Cherry after he accused the team of being in love with European players. ” Fun with numbers: The #Sens had 16 CDN-born players on their roster to end the season (20 played in games),” the club tweeted. “”We also had four Americans, three Swedes, two Czech players and one from France. #ButWhosCounting.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cherry is actually a much smarter hockey man than his critics give him credit. I respect Cherry’s hockey knowledge, but when he makes ridiculous statements like the one he leveled at the Senators, he merely fuels the perception that he’s a cranky old man out of touch with the modern NHL.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke believes his team needs a new arena, claiming only the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island is worse than the Saddledome.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Edmonton Oilers constructing a new state-of-the-art arena, you can bet the city of Calgary won’t take long breaking ground for a new arena. Given last year’s floods which damaged the Saddledome, the issue will be finding a suitable location near downtown but away from the Elbow and Bow rivers.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples lists eight ways the Oilers can do to challenge for a playoff berth next season. Among them: trade a forward or several (Sam Gagner, David Perron or Nail Yakupov) to fill the gaps at center and on the blueline.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Possible, but also easier said than done.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are still waiting for 2011 first-round pick Tyler Biggs to develop into an NHL player.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff anticipates potential movement at the top of this year’s NHL Entry Draft.
VANCOUVER SUN: A U.S. federal judge has ruled former Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. can be subpoenaed in the lawsuit filed by former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore against former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi.