Updates on Daniel Alfredsson, James van Riemsdyk, and Evander Kane,  plus the latest on the Oilers arena deal.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson has no idea what will happen next in NHL CBA talks. “We’re just all speculating and hoping for a piece of rope to hang on to,” he said.

James van Riemsdyk recently honored a bet for a good cause.

James van Riemsdyk recently honored a bet for a good cause.

NATIONAL POST: James van Riemsdyk went shopping for Christmas gifts in full hockey gear (minus skates) in Minnesota’s Mall of America as part of a bet he lost to Scott Hartnell. The pair” competed to raise as much money as possible for Hurricane Sandy Relief in New Jersey and New York.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s worst things he could’ve been forced to do for losing a bet for a good cause.

WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane got in some hot water yesterday after he tweeted a picture of himself posing with a couple of handfuls of cash. He’s apologized for any offence the picture caused.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, it appears some fans and pundits were quite upset by the photo of a well-compensated athlete jokingly flaunting his wealth. Y’know, if he’d been taunting homeless people or starving orphans, it would’ve been worthy of the “outrage”. This “story” is yet another reason why I hate this lockout.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel said the city “has about six weeks left to reach an arena deal with Edmonton Oilers owner Daryl Katz or an agreement will never be completed”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping this gets done soon. Too much time has been wasted already, on both sides (but especially on the part of Oilers ownership), on this issue.