The latest on Taylor Hall, former Canuck Steve McCarthy on why things didn’t work out in Vancouver, popular ex-Canadiens enforcer Chris Nilan lucky to be alive, and lamenting Toronto’s losing sports teams.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers left wing Taylor Hall won’t be ready to suit up with the club’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City until November.

Chris Nilan struggled to cope with life after hockey.

 LA PRESSE: Chris Nilan, the popular ex-Montreal Canadiens enforcer and star of a new documentary on hockey enforcers (“The Last Gladiators”), is lucky and happy to be alive after struggling to cope with addiction following the end of his playing days.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former Canucks defenseman Steve McCarthy explains why things didn’t work out for him in Vancouver. McCarthy is currently on a professional tryout contract with the Calgary Flames.

 TORONTO SUN: Simon Kent laments the sorry state of Toronto’s losing pro sports franchises, including the Maple Leafs.