P.K. Subban may finally be close to re-signing with the Canadiens, Roberto Luongo dismisses the idea he’ll be speaking with Canucks brass upon his return to Vancouver, Daniel Alfredsson looking forward to another season, and a legal snag could prevent the owners of the Oilers and Flames from voting for a lockout.


Subban close to a new deal with Habs?

TVA SPORTS: reports the Montreal Canadiens may be close to signing defenseman P.K. Subban to a new contract. It’s  believed the Habs offers a three-year, deal worth nearly $12 million, while the Subban camp sought a five-year deal, which explained the slow pace in negotiations.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems like there’s no disagreement over the annual salary – $4 million – but over the term, as it appears the Habs want to sign Subban to a bridge contract.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo is returning to Vancouver early but dismissed the notion he’ll be meeting with Canucks brass to discuss his future. In previous years Luongo has waited until a couple of days prior to the start of training camp to return to Vancouver, but claims this year he’s just trying to change things up. He’s also taking part in the team’s charity golf tournament.

OTTAWA SUN: 39-year-old Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson is looking forward to the start of this season, hoping there won’t be another lockout.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: A legal challenge by the NHLPA could prevent the owners of the Oilers and Calgary Flames from taking part in a lockout vote.

“Under Alberta law, the NHL has to request the province appoint a mediator, who theoretically could work to have an agreement in place between the warring sides before the NHL owners can hold a lockout vote. A mediator was appointed by the province on Aug. 21.

The National Hockey League Players’ Association has filed a challenge to this, however. It argues that the NHL’s lockout vote would be defective because the league failed to take certain steps when it asked for a mediator for the dispute.”