More reaction to the Canadiens re-signing P.K. Subban, Phil Kessel talks about the Leafs upcoming season, wondering where Dustin Byfuglien would  be a better fit with the Jets, and an interview with Canucks president Trevor Linden. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd suspects Canadiens owner Geoff Molson played a hand in the club re-signing P.K. Subban to a long-term contract only one day following his arbitration hearing. Todd feels Molson feared Subban winding up with one of the Habs archrivals like Toronto or Boston.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what the real reason was, but Subban signing with Toronto or Boston as an unrestricted free agent in two years time was a possibility. Potential cap constraints aside, it’s likely either club would’ve explored that option and found a way to make the dollars fit. 

Phil Kessel believes Maple Leafs can avoid another meltdown.

Phil Kessel believes Maple Leafs can avoid another meltdown.

CANADIAN PRESS (via Brandon Sun): Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel believes his club will be prepared to avoid another late-season collapse like the one which doomed the team in 2013-14.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’d better, or there will be management and coaching changes, along with some roster moves. 

NBC SPORTS: Would the Jets be better with Dustin Byfuglien on defense?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only if you’ve got him paired with a quality “stay-at-home” defender. Otherwise, he seems better suited at forward, though he can also play the point on the power play. But that’s my take. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes recently interviewed Canucks president Trevor Linden on the club’s new direction.