A look at the action of the opening day of the 2012 NHL UFA market, Staal’s new contract tops headlines, Semin roasted by TSN analysts, Ducks GM unhappy with Schultz, and more.

THE SPORTING NEWS: Jesse Spector on the widening payroll gap between the NHL’s big spending teams and the low-payroll clubs, and noted the current UFA market remains stagnant until Zach Parise and Ryan Suter decide last today where they’ll sign.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/TORONTO STAR: Tony Gallagher and Damien Cox respectively scold NHL general managers for doling out big bucks for average players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: What, they expected restraint? This has been going on for years, and will continue under the next CBA, too.

NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Jordan Staal made headlines yesterday by re-signing a 10-year, $60 million contract with the Carolina Hurricanes. Staal was acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. And yes, that contract is similar to the one the Penguins offered him prior to his trade.

Semin labeled a “coach killer”.

CSNWASHINGTON: Former Capitals winger Alexander Semin was ripped mercilessly by TSN analysts Marc Crawford and Pierre McGuire yesterday, as they called him a “coach killer” who had “no character”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Semin’s agent was furious over Crawford and McGuire’s comments, but he’s getting little sympathy. Justified or not, that harsh perception of Semin is shared by more than just a couple of TSN analysts.

ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER: Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray felt former Ducks prospect Justin Schultz should’ve been honest about his desire to play for a Canadian team.

BOSTON HERALD: Don’t expect Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli to make any major splashes in the UFA market.

USATODAY.COM: A free agent tracker of each NHL team, listing those players they still have to re-sign, those they’ve added so far, and those they’ve lost to free agency.

BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres signed hulking enforcer John Scott to a one-year deal, sending a message around the league they won’t tolerate anyone running Ryan Miller next season.

WASHINGTON POST: The Capitals signed former Leafs checking forward Joey Crabb to a one-year,m $950K contract.

NBC SPORTS: cited a TSN report claiming analyst and former NHL coach Marc Crawford will be coaching the Zurich ZSC Lions in Switzerland next season.