A roundup of recent news involving the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Oilers and Senators.
SPORTSNET: Winger Nathan Horton, acquired in February by the Toronto Maple Leafs in a trade sending David Clarkson to Columbus, is holding out hope of continuing his NHL career. Horton’s been sidelined since April 2014 by a degenerative back injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could create salary-cap difficulties for the Leafs if they spend close to the cap and he comes off long-term injured reserve. For now, however, that seems a remote possibility. Horton has decided against back surgery which would spell the end of his career.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger and former Anaheim Duck Devante Smith-Pelly got into a flap with some Ducks fans on Twitter for posting a smiley emoticon following his former team’s recent playoff elimination.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ducks fans should be more concerned about how their club is going to overcome their recent Game 7 jinx than anything one of their former players has to say.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Kelowna Rockets forward and Oilers prospect Leon Draisaitl was named MVP of the 2015 Memorial Cup. The Rockets fell to the Oshawa General 2-1 in the Final.
OTTAWA SUN: It appears coach Luke Richardson, subject of some NHL coaching hire rumors, will remain as bench boss of the Senators AHL farm team in Binghamton.