Daniel Alfredsson will return with the Senators next season, plus the latest draft weekend speculation on the other Canadian NHL teams.
OTTAWA SUN/OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will return with the Senators next season. Alfredsson, 40, spent several weeks considering retirement. He is an unrestricted free agent on July 5, but has no intention of playing elsewhere.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what the cost will be for the Senators to re-sign Alfredsson, but it will be a fair rate based on his performance last season, when he was still among the club’s best players. Everyone in the Senators organization, as well as the team’s fans, are thrilled “Alfie” will be back.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM David Nonis claimed he’s received no trade offers for his captain Dion Phanuef nor does he envision shopping Phaneuf before tomorrow’s Draft. He said contract talks with pending UFA Tyler Bozak are on hold until after the draft, adding he’s had no contact with Vincent Lecavalier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That doesn’t mean Nonis won’t do anything, but it’ll take a significant offer to convince him to part with Phaneuf. Bozak is believed seeking $5.2 million per season and the Leafs countering with $3.5 million. That gap seems too wide to bridge, which could push Nonis toward Lecavalier or perhaps Stephen Weiss or Mike Ribeiro.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS/WINNIPEG SUN: Gary Lawless and Ken Wiebe hope Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff can make moves this weekend which significantly improve the Jets. Lawless noted Cheveldayoff’s denial Dustin Byfuglien is in play, but the scribe noted the blueliner’s name pops up in discussions with other teams. He also suggested young center Alex Burmistrov could be a trade chip. Wiebe also considers Burmistrov a trade chip, considers bolstering their depth on right wing to be a “high priority” for the Jets GM, could seek a third-line left winger and a backup goalie to push starter Ondrej Pavelec.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sometimes it’s the quietest GMs who make the biggest or most surprising deals. We’ll know by the end of tomorrow if Cheveldayoff has a significant move or two up his sleeve.
CALGARY SUN/CALGARY HERALD: Flames GM Jay Feaster is making calls to revamp his roster as well as receiving calls over his three first round picks (6th, 22nd and 28th overall) in this year’s draft. Feaster acknowledged he’s willing to move Mike Cammalleri but there’s been little interest in the winger. He also acknowledged his roster needs to get bigger, but won’t sacrifice picking quality in the draft. Feaster also wouldn’t say if he was interested in pursuing former Tampa Bay Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I realize Feaster has ties with Lecavalier, but I doubt the latter has interest in joining the Flames. As for Cammalleri, unless the Flames are willing to pick up a big chunk of his $7 million salary ($6 million cap hit) for next season, they won’t find any trade partners. That could force them to consider a compliance buyout for the final year of Cammalleri’s contract.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes laments the Canucks lack of progress compared to the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin remains confident he’ll find some quality prospects with his three picks in the second round of this year’s draft.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have hired Keith Acton as an associate coach.