Updates on Alex Galchenyuk, Lance Bouma and Curtis Lazar, plus Ron MacLean is optimistic over the Oilers future.
RDS: Contract negotiations between agent Pat Brisson, who represents Montreal Canadiens winger Alex Galchenyuk, and Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin are on hold. Brisson wouldn’t discuss the details, only saying talks will continue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Galchenyuk is a restricted free agent coming off an entry-level contract lacking arbitration rights. Barring the threat of an offer sheet from a rival club, his camp has little leverage (short of a contract holdout) in these negotiations. Just because Galchenyuk isn’t re-signed yet, however, doesn’t mean a holdout will happen. There’s still plenty of time between now and the start of training camp in September to get a deal done.
NBC SPORTS: Calgary Flames forward Lance Bouma had his arbitration hearing yesterday in Toronto, which apparently ran over three hours. He and the Flames were reportedly about a $1 million apart, with Bouma seeking $2.5 million and the Flames offering $1.5 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s possible the two sides could reach an agreement before the arbiter’s decision. We’ll find out within the next couple of days.
OTTAWA SUN: Young Senators forward Curtis Lazar is keen to prove himself a legitimate NHL player next season. Lazar tallied 15 points in 67 games as a rookie in 2014-15.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean is optimistic about the Oilers future, believing the pieces are in place for the club to win the Stanley Cup in four year’s time. He feels they could be a playoff team in 2015-16.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’ll still need a true starting goaltender and improved defense to achieve those goals.