Chris Phillips and Shawn Horcoff with their views on the CBA negotiaitons, Canadiens will give Alex Galchenyuk a chance to make their roster, and a memorial is held for the late Rick Rypien.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips expressed optimism over the NHLPA’s proposal moving CBA negotiations forward. His remarks came prior to NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman’s comments claiming the two sides remained far apart.

Horcoff considered league’s initial proposal an unfair deal.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff said some players weren’t impressed by the league’s initial proposal (which Horcoff claimed wasn’t a fair deal) and talk of making a lowball offer,  but they calmed down and put their focus into crafting the PA’s counter-proposal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The players patience and resolve will continue to be tested by the league, as the team owners intend to continue squeezing them for as much as they can get.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin believes a knee injury which cost Canadiens prospect Alexander Galchenyuk most of last season could hurt his chances to crack the Habs lineup this season, but Bergevin intends to give him a chance.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lockout could actually work in Galchenyuk’s favor, as he’ll be able to continue playing Junior hockey until such time as the league returns to action, providing him with a better opportunity to play his way onto the Habs roster in training camp.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks fans held a memorial yesterday on the anniversary of the death of former Canucks forward Rick Rypien.