Updates on Joffrey Lupul, Jason Garrison, Devan Dubnyk, Ron Hainsey and the Ottawa Senators.

Lupul not planning to return to KHL.

Lupul not planning to return to KHL.

SPORTSNET.CA; Toronto Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul explains why he won’t be returning to the KHL if the lockout continues, finding it difficult to adjust to a new country and a different language.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman and NHLPA player rep Ron Hainsey is keen to restart CBA negotiations, believing there’s enough time to get a deal done to save the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t see that happening until after New Year’s Day, as the two sides seem keen to play “chicken” over this nonsense.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has been medically cleared by the team after overcoming a chronic groin injury which had plagued him for the past two seasons.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: An NHL analyst suggest goaltender Devan Dubnyk has been held back because of internal politics.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So, what do you think, Oilers fans? 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Several Senators players paid a visit to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Canada on Tuesday.