Updates on Nail Yakupov, Brian Gionta, Maxime Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse.

Nail Yakupov's future seems bright.

Nail Yakupov’s future seems bright.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy on why Nail Yakupov’s rookie season was something worth cheering about for Oilers fans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can avoid the sophomore slump, Yakupov could play a key role in the Oilers anticipated improvement next season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan reports on Canadiens captain Brian Gionta facing another summer of injury rehab.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Maxime Lapierre’s agent claims the Vancouver Canucks have not yet opened contract talks with his client. Lapierre is due to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks intend to get younger and bigger, Lapierre could indeed hit the market this summer.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday announced the re-signing of enforcer Tom Sesito to a two-year, one-way $1.5 million contract.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators winger Guillaume Latendresse announced via Twitter he won’t be returning with the club next season, becoming an unrestricted free agent in July.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An unsurprising move by the Senators, as Latendresse didn’t pan out as a top-six winger. His injury history and lack of speed could make it difficult for him to sign with another NHL club.