Erik Karlsson returns to Ottawa, four possible free agent defensemen the Oilers should pursue next summer, Rick Rypien’s mother overwhelmed by charity support, an update on Michael Ferland’s assault case, and the Montreal Canadiens hired former NHL player John Madden as a scout.


Could Karlsson play in Sweden during a lockout?

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman and defending Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson is back in Ottawa to train for the upcoming season, but faces limited options if he and his fellow NHL players are locked out.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was believed the Swedish Elite League wouldn’t allow locked-out NHL players to join their league unless they signed for the entire season, but it’s been reported the SEL might reconsider, as locked out NHL stars like Eriksson would be a strong draw.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis suggested Vancouver’s Alex Edler, LA’s Rob Scuderi, Detroit’s Ian White and Buffalo’s Jordan Leopold as possible UFA targets for the Oilers next summer.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Shelly Crawford, the mother of deceased Canucks forward Rick Rypien, is overwhelmed by the support the charity in his name has received.

CALGARY HERALD:  The assault case against Flames prospect forward Michael Ferland has been delayed for two weeks.

CANOE.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have hired former NHL player John Madden as an amateur scout in the US college leagues.