Kevin Bieksa talks lockout, Ryan Smyth might play in the Spengler Cup, Senators blueliner Chris Phillips will spread Christmas cheer despite the lockout, and big questions over the readiness of the Jets post-lockout.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE:  Ben Kuzma interviewed Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa regarding some of the issues still dividing the owners and players in this lockout.

Ryan Smyth considers playing for Canada in Spengler Cup tournament.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Ryan Smyth could play for Canada in the upcoming Spengler Cup in Switzerland if the NHL lockout continues. Smyth has played for Canada in the Olympics and the World Championships, but this would be his first time playing in the Spengler Cup tournament.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smyth has a long history of playing for Canada in international tournaments. Though I’d love to see the lockout end by December 31, I also hope Smyth gets a chance to play in the Spengler Cup tournament.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips won’t let the NHL lockout prevent him from spreading Christmas cheer via charity appearances.

WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen wondered just how ready the Jets would be for a shortened season, given the various level of preparedness for the players, who are scattered across North America and Europe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets won’t be the only club in that situation.