Updates on Andrei Markov, Cory Schneider and Andrew Ladd, plus a call for the AHL to better protect players like Jordan Eberle.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov could be returning to Montreal to heal his injured ribs after being forced to leave a recent KHL game to injury.

Schneider considers cancelling Winter Classic a negotiating ploy by NHL.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goaltender and player rep Cory Schneider considers the NHL’s threat to cancel the Winter Classic a “negotiating ploy”.

“If they want to save it, you’d think they would be more pro-active and start negotiating. We’re willing to talk about everything and they’re willing to talk about one thing and one thing only. There are many aspects of their proposal we don’t like and it’s not just the money. Both sides need to get back with no pre-conditions.”

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd will be taking part in “The Goals For Dreams Hockey Challenge” on November 17 at the Max Bell Centre at the University of Manitoba. Other notable NHLers potentially taking part include Dustin Byfuglien, Bryan Little, Jim Slater, Olli Jokinen, Jonathan Toews, Travis Zajac, Tanner Glass, Colin Wilson, Mark Stuart and Shane Hnidy.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples calls on the AHL to do a better job protecting players like Jordan Eberle from illegal hits whilst playing in that league. Eberle was the victim of a knee-on-knee hit during a recent game and was fortunate to escape serious injury.