An update on Andrei Markov’s contract talks, Flames president Brian Burke calls for a new arena for his team, the Senators rebut Don Cherry, listing what the Oilers must do to become a playoff club, the Leafs are still waiting for Tyler Biggs to develop into an NHLer, plus updates on the Canucks and Jets. 

TVA SPORTS: Renaud Lavoie reports he’s spoken with the agent for Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov, who wants a new contract for at least three years to re-sign with the Habs. The 35-year-old Markov is coming off a three-year deal worth $5.75 million annually.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov will have to accept a pay cut if he wants a three year deal. Otherwise the Habs could pass on re-signing him. Given his age, they’re probably unwilling to commit beyond two years. 

Don Cherry had another of these moments when he baselessly accused the Senators of favoring European players.

Don Cherry had one of these moments when he baselessly accused the Senators of favoring European players.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators used their Twitter account to school Don Cherry after he accused the team of being in love with European players. ” Fun with numbers: The #Sens had 16 CDN-born players on their roster to end the season (20 played in games),” the club tweeted. “”We also had four Americans, three Swedes, two Czech players and one from France. #ButWhosCounting.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cherry is actually a much smarter hockey man than his critics give him credit. I respect Cherry’s hockey knowledge, but when he makes ridiculous statements like the one he leveled at the Senators, he merely fuels the perception that he’s a cranky old man out of touch with the modern NHL. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames president of hockey operations Brian Burke believes his team needs a new arena, claiming only the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island is worse than the Saddledome.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With the Edmonton Oilers constructing a new state-of-the-art arena, you can bet the city of Calgary won’t take long breaking ground for a new arena. Given last year’s floods which damaged the Saddledome, the issue will be finding a suitable location near downtown but away from the Elbow and Bow rivers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples lists eight ways the Oilers can do to challenge for a playoff berth next season. Among them: trade a forward or several (Sam Gagner, David Perron or Nail Yakupov) to fill the gaps at center and on the blueline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Possible, but also easier said than done. 

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are still waiting for 2011 first-round pick Tyler Biggs to develop into an NHL player.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff anticipates potential movement at the top of this year’s NHL Entry Draft.

VANCOUVER SUN: A U.S. federal judge has ruled former Canucks owner John McCaw Jr. can be subpoenaed in the lawsuit filed by former Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore against former Canuck Todd Bertuzzi.