Updates on Nazem Kadri and Jared Cowen, Brian Burke’s top ten moments, and the Oilers aren’t in a hurry to name a new captain.
THE SPORTING NEWS: Sean Gentille doesn’t believe it’s fair to compare Toronto Maple Leafs center Nazem Kadri to Phoenix’s Mikkel Boedker and Washington’s Marcus Johansson, who re-signed with their respective clubs yesterday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe it’s pointless to even make the comparisons. It doesn’t matter how much Boedker and Johansson signed for. The bottom line is the Leafs have $4.9 million in cap space, must also re-sign Cody Franson, and have made it clear they’re unwilling to overpay for Kadri. He’ll have to accept a short-term (two-three years) “bridge contract” worth less than $2.5 million per season, or prepare to spend time on the sidelines training by himself.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak lists the top ten moments of new Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke.
OTTAWA SUN: In his training camp preview, Bruce Garrioch wonders if defenseman Jared Cowen will be re-signed in time for the opening of camp, hopes Erik Karlsson has fully recovered from last season’s sliced Achilles tendon, and makes the case for Jason Spezza to become the new Senators captain.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren reports nothing new on the Jared Cowen contract talks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Dallas Eakins, the new head coach of the Oilers, is in no hurry to name the club’s new captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was rumored a couple of weeks ago Sam Gagner would be named the new captain. Eakins to date declines to tip his hand.