The latest on Jared Cowen’s contract talks, the Canucks search for a backup for Roberto Luongo, Jets hoping Setoguchi and Frolik boost the club’s skill level, Leafs hoping Joe Colborne cracks the lineup, new Habs Parros and Murray have some things in common, and more.

Jared Cowen reportedly close to a new deal with the Senators.

Jared Cowen reportedly close to a new deal with the Senators.

OTTAWA SUN:  Bruce Garrioch reports Jared Cowen’s contract standoff with the Senators could end today on a four-year, $12 million deal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so that’s a fair deal for both sides, as Cowen will make $3 million per season, while the Senators lock up one of their best defensemen to an affordable contract.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks need a quality backup for Roberto Luongo, who might not be capable of logging the high number of games he once did..

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eddie Lack and Joacim Eriksson are reportedly jockeying for that role. Time will tell if either guy will be capable of easing Luongo’s workload, let alone challenge for the starter’s role the way Cory Schneider did.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are hopeful the additions of Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik will boost the club’s skill level.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both forwards have struggled to regain the scoring touch from earlier in their careers. This season will be significant for both if they wish to extend their NHL careers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Canadiens George Parros and Douglas Murray have several things in common, including their reputations as physical players.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs hope this is the season Joe Colborne finally becomes an NHL regular.

EDMONTON SUN: Denis Grebeshkov is happy to have a second chance to crack the Oilers lineup.

CALGARY HERALD: Having overcome a serious hand injury, Paul Byron is hoping to seize his opportunity to make the Flames lineup this season.