The latest on Erik Karlsson, Ondrej Pavelec, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Max Pacioretty, Jake Gardiner and more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Having re-signed an expensive seven-year deal with the Senators, defenseman Erik Karlsson acknowledged the heightened expectations which comes with that deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Karlsson continues to lead NHL defensemen in scoring over the course of that deal, or remains among the leading scorers, it’ll be considered well worth it, despite his defensive shortcomings, which hopefully will improve over time.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The gulf in contract talks between goalie Ondrej Pavelec and the Jets (he’s believed seeking $4 million per, the Jets offering $3 million per) is giving rise to several scenarios, including the possibility he could be traded, or bolt to the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Jets can land a goalie of equal or greater value, it would be pointless to trade him, and if they lose him to the KHL (believed offering a one-year, $5 million contract), it could leave them scrambling for short-term help. Pavelec was their best player last season, so the Jets might have little choice but to meet that demand.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers rookie Ryan Nugent-Hopkins faces tough competition for the Calder Trophy from Colorado’s Gabriel Landeskog and New Jersey’s Adam Henrique.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m expecting Landeskog to get the nod. If RNH hasn’t been hampered by injuries, I believe he would be the clear-cut winner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs believes Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty “richly deserves” the Masterton trophy. We’ll find out tonight at the 2012 NHL Awards in Las Vegas if the voters agree.
TORONTO SUN: If the Maple Leafs hope to make a major trade this weekend at the draft, they might have to part with promising defenseman Jake Gardiner.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks could seek depth at center via the draft.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames management are prepared for the upcoming entry draft.