Updates on Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson, Canucks seek permission from Leafs to speak with Dallas Eakin, and Shawn Horcoff remains important to the Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Jason Spezza admitted he still wasn’t fully recovered from back surgery when he rejoined his club in their series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, while captain Daniel Alfredsson suggests his family could factor into his future plans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was obvious to anyone watching the Senators-Penguins series that Spezza wasn’t 100 percent. He’ll be fully recovered by training camp in September. As for Alfredsson, it’s apparent he can still play well, but family could be the deciding factor if he returns for one more season.
TORONTO STAR: The Vancouver Canucks have sought permission from the Maple Leafs to speak with Toronto Marlies head coach Dallas Eakin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While there is some bad blood between the respective managements of both teams, I doubt the Leafs would deny Eakin the opportunity to speak with the Canucks.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis believes Shawn Horcoff remains an important player for the Oilers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suspect new GM Craig MacTavish shares that view, but he’s now at best a third-line center, and while he plays a valuable role, he’s not worth a cap hit of $5.5 million per season for the next two seasons. It remains to be seen if the Oilers use one of their compliance buyouts on Horcoff.