Updates on Justin Schultz, Kevin Bieksa, Andrew Ladd and William Nylander, plus the latest on the Senators. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Justin Schultz is reportedly close to re-signing with the Oilers. He expects to be ready to roll in time for training camp.

Kevin Bieksa still believes in the Canucks' core.

Kevin Bieksa still believes in the Canucks’ core.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s rumored Schultz could receive a two- or three-year contract worth over $4 million annually. 

THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes reports Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa still believes in the club’s aging core, which includes himself.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite the numerous off-season changes, I concur with Willes’ belief the Canucks will go as far as their core can carry them. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Special Olympics holds special meaning for Jets captain Andrew Ladd, who has an uncle with Down Syndrome while his mother continues to work with special needs children in British Columbia.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs prospect William Nylander is focused on earning a roster spot this season.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk denied a report claiming he’s brought in a minority partner.