The latest on Erik Karlsson and Blake Wheeler, updates on a handful of Oilers playing hockey elsewhere, and the Canucks hire Dan Cloutier as a goalie consultant.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson has become the subject of speculation over which European club he might sign with, as rumor has him close to a deal with Finland’s Jokerit. Karlsson’s agent claimed no deal was in place yet, but it’s believe both sides may be close.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was assumed Karlsson would rejoin his former Swedish Elite League team. Perhaps the offer from Jokerit was more lucrative.

Wheeler wishing for start of the season.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler bemoaned the current state of NHL CBA negotiations, believing it makes both sides look bad.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: A handful of Oilers (Ladislav Smid, Lennart Petrell, Nail Yakupov) already have some hockey under their belts in various European leagues.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks have hired former Canucks goalie Dan Cloutier as a goaltending consultant.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, that’s going to spark plenty of jokes, as Cloutier will be forever remembered for allowing a series-changing goal on a center ice shot from Detroit Red Wings legend Nicklas Lidstrom in the 2002 playoffs, but he did a good job as a goalie coach with the OHL’s Barrie Colts.