The Canucks “summer of misses”, a lockout could rob Daniel Alfredsson of his final NHL season, Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens hopes to stick in the NHL, and a profile of new Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford on the Canucks “summer of misses”, having failed to retain Sami Salo, lost out in the bidding wars for Shea Weber and Justin Schultz, and appear on the verge of failing to entice Shane Doan to spurn the Phoenix Coyotes and sign with them. Botchford believes the Canucks still lack a third line center and need help “up and down the lineup”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps a Roberto Luongo trade might start to address the Canucks needs, but don’t expect that to happen until sometime after a new CBA is implemented.
OTTAWA SUN: Another season-killing lockout could push Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson into retirement.
NATIONAL POST: Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens hopes he’ll be their backup this season. A restricted free agent, he’s yet to be re-signed, but said the two sides are still talking.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have also been linked to Roberto Luongo and Jonathan Bernier in the rumor mill, and if one of them is acquired, Scrivens will find himself back in the AHL. If there’s a lockout, he’s guaranteed to start the season with the Marlies.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones profiles new Oilers coach Ralph Krueger.