Maple Leafs top list of franchises again, Jets have little say in lockout, and the latest on Daniel Alfredsson, P.K. Subban and Cory Schneider.

Maple Leafs once again top Forbes’ list of most valuable NHL franchises.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs once again leads’s list of franchises in their annual “Business of Hockey”. The Leafs are valued at $1 billion, more than triple the average value of an NHL franchise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some may dispute how Forbes’ arrives at its estimations for valuing NHL franchises, but there can be no denying the Leafs are certainly the league’s most valuable, an impressive showing for a franchise which last made the playoffs in 2004. Their location in hockey-mad Southern Ontario is the main reason.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman points out the Jets governors have little say in how the NHL handles CBA negotiations.

OTTAWA SUN: Daniel Alfredsson intends to play in Europe if the lockout kills the entire NHL season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has found some interesting ways to keep busy during the NHL lockout, including an  appearance on local television as a weatherman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban is one of the most personable and charismatic players in the NHL. He’s a breath of fresh air among the usually stoic NHLPA membership.

TSN.CA: Vancouver Canucks goalie Cory Schneider has signed with Swiss team Ambri-Piotta throughout December.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schneider, who’s been deeply involved with the NHLPA in these CBA negotiations with the league, had resisted playing overseas up to now. That he’s decided to head to Switzerland for a month suggests he’s not optimistic over the direction of those talks.