Updates on Taylor Hall, Andrew Ladd, Chris Neil, Brandon Prust and Mikael Backlund.


Hall could be headed to AHL after all

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Taylor Hall could be joining Oilers teammates Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle on the club’s AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. Hall required medical clearance to play, which could be coming in a few weeks. Hall is still recovering from shoulder surgery, and the AHL issued a memo stating NHL players who do not require waivers can sign an AHL contract. If the NHL lockout ends at mid-season, the AHL contract would be voided.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall’s wish was to play in OK City with Nugent-Hopkins and Eberle, which the Oilers management also prefers. Looks like things are going to work out for both sides.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd has decided not to play in the KHL after all, citing family reasons. His wife is pregnant and he doesn’t want to leave her alone at this time.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ladd has his priorities straight. Family first, then career.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Chris Neil is hoping a new CBA will be worked out soon.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust talks about his role with the club whenever this season commences.

 CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Mikael Backlund will play for his hometown team of Vasteras of Sweden’s second division league during the NHL lockout.