Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson could head to Sweden for the lockout, former Oilers superstar Mark Messier weighs in on the plans to build a new arena for the club, and the Montreal Canadiens sign Zack Stortini.


Karlsson could soon return to Sweden.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson plans to return to Sweden for the duration of the lockout. The Swedish Competition Board ruled the Swedish Elite League must allow its teams to sign locked-out NHL players. Karlsson hopes to rejoin Frolunda, where he played two seasons before jumping to the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: According to the report, Frolunda officials want to sign Karlsson, so I doubt there will be any real obstacles now to his rejoining them. I also believe we’ll see a number of Swedish Elite League teams signing many NHL Swedish stars in the coming weeks.

EDMONTON SUN: Former Oilers great Mark Messier believes the club’s future in Edmonton rests upon getting a new arena, hoping cooler heads will prevail in the dispute between the city and Oilers owner Daryl Katz over the finances for construction and maintenance.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens have signed enforcer Zack Stortini to an AHL contract, providing muscle for their farm team in Hamilton.