With free agency set to begin today, check out the latest news involving Canadian-based NHL teams. 

TORONTO SUN: Lance Hornby looks back at the Maple Leafs notable Canada Day signings, noting the Leafs haven’t always scored with such signings.

P.A. Parenteau happy to be joining the Canadiens.

P.A. Parenteau happy to be joining the Canadiens.

LA PRESSE: P.A. Parenteau considers it a dream to be playing for the Montreal Canadiens, who acquired him yesterday from Colorado with Daniel Briere heading to the Avalanche.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Zack Kassian has rejected a qualifying offer from the Canucks which was lower than his salary on his previous contract. The Canucks didn’t tender qualifying offers to centres Jordan Schroeder and Zac Dalpe and defenseman Yann Sauve.

WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets re-sign Chris Thorburn to a three-year deal worth $1.2 million annually, as well as extending Adam Purdy’s contract for one year at $700K.

CALGARY SUN: T.J. Galiardi and Paul Byron were among those not to be re-signed by the Flames.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Taylor Fedun was the only one of the Oilers RFAs not to receive a qualifying offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The latest on the Senators (as it’s mainly about Jason Spezza) can be found in the Rumors section.