The potential lockout plans of Erik Karlsson, Jordan Eberle and Alexander Burmistrov, an update on the Canucks contract talks with Alex Burrows, the influence of Flames owner Murray Edwards, and Leafs players express frustration over pending lockout.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson considers playing in Sweden during the lockout.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Jordan Eberle will have to decide if he’ll return to the AHL during a lockout, or head to Europe.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets forward Alexander Burmistrov said he’d prefer to be playing nearer to home in the Kontinental Hockey League if there’s a lockout.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks are reportedly a long way apart in contract talks with Alex Burrows, making the possibility of re-signing him before the expiration of this CBA unlikely. His agent suggested his client was comparable to Chicago’s Patrick Sharp, who has a five-year deal worth over $29 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the league could push for contract term limits in the next CBA, it’s no wonder Burrows isn’t re-signed. They’ll get him for a shorter term, and probably have to pay him less if there are increase escrow payments too.
CALGARY SUN: Flames owner Murray Edwards is among the league’s key players in the league’s negotiating process with the NHLPA.
TSN.CA: Several Toronto Maple Leafs players (Mike Komisarek, John-Michael Liles, and Matthew Lombardi) voiced their frustration over the possibility of another NHL lockout.