Updates on Carey Price, Johnny Gaudreau, Tom Sestito and Martin Marincin, plus the latest on the Maple Leafs, Jets and Senators.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is happy to be participating in this year’s NHL All-Star Game.
CALGARY SUN: An injury to Tampa Bay Lightning forward Tyler Johnson means Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau will be participating in the All-Star Game.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are pushing to host the 2017 All-Star Game and an outdoor game for 2016-17 as part of the celebration of their 100th season. It was thought the Leafs also wanted to host the 2017 NHL Draft but it’s not expected to be held in Toronto that year.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Montreal Canadiens got to host the 2009 All-Star Game and 2009 NHL draft to commemorate their centennial. It’s only fair the Leafs get the same honor for theirs.
WINNIPEG SUN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman is disappointed that stadium issues forced the postponement of the league’s plans to have the Jets host an outdoor game during the 2015-16 season. He remains hopeful, however, of staging an outdoor game in Winnipeg at some point during the 2016-17 campaign.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators, among other Canadian NHL teams, will feel the pinch of a declining Canadian dollar. The $55 million USD the Senators have in payroll this season is actually $67 million in Canadian dollars. Though not in crisis mode, the lower value of the “loonie” will make it difficult for small-market Canadian teams like the Senators to maintain a competitive team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, don’t expect the Senators to be major players in this year’s free-agent market. And don’t be surprised if prices to attend a Senators game start rising in the near future. They’ve got to recoup those losses somehow.
THE PROVINCE: The era of the NHL enforcer may be ending but the Canucks Tom Sestito (currently in the minors) remains confident he can maintain an NHL career.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Martin Marincin’s days with the Oilers could be numbered. He last played with the Oilers on Nov. 25 and is currently with their farm team.