Ondrej Pavelec loses right to drive in Canada for DUI incident in Czech Republic, latest on the Maple Leafs interest in Jonathan Bernier, Flames still shopping for toughness, and Senators re-sign Jim O’Brien.
CBC.CA: Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec, who is banned for driving in the Czech Republic for 20 months to a recent DUI incident, won’t be allowed to drive in Canada, as he now lacks a valid driver’s license.
WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen believes Pavelec’s agent, Allan Walsh, should’ve been up front with Jets management about his client’s DUI charge if he knew about about it before they did during contract negotiations.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s debatable how much impact that news would’ve had upon Pavelec’s contract negotiations, but I agree his agent should’ve revealed it if he had prior knowledge of it. Pavelec’s NHL rights are owned by the Jets, and they have every right to know if one of their players has broken the law.
TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan reports the Maple Leafs interest in LA Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier dates back to at least the 2012 NHL entry draft. That interest waned but now appears to have picked up steam. Koshan claims it’s unknown if the Leafs have made an actual offer but it’s believed forward Matt Frattin has been mentioned in talks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So much for Burke’s supposed unwillingness to bring in an inexperienced goalie, but I don’t blame him for kicking the tires on Bernier, as it could be an opportunity which improves the Leafs goaltending. At this point, it’s not like he has a lot to lose.
CALGARY HERALD: Vicki Hall reports Flames GM Jay Feaster is still in the trade market for physical players. She noted the Flames have depth in defense from which they can deal, including Jay Bouwmeester, who’s been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Feaster were to trade Bouwmeester, I’m guessing he’d want a physical scoring forward in return. Otherwise, he might move a lesser light from his defense corps to bring in the kind of player he seeks.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday re-signed Jim O’Brien to a two-year, one-way contract worth $625K next season and $650K in 2013-14.