Recalling Martin St. Louis’ short tenure with the Flames, Connor McDavid attends Oilers orientation camp, Canucks fire several executives, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Canadiens, Jets and Senators.
CALGARY HERALD: For the Calgary Flames, Martin St. Louis remains the one that got away. St. Louis, who announced his retirement yesterday, began his 16-year NHL career with the Flames as an undrafted free agent. He played only parts of two seasons with the Flames and was released from his contract following a management change in 2000. St. Louis signed with the Tampa Bay Lightning, where his NHL career took off.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers top prospect Connor McDavid declared he enjoyed his first day of the club’s rookie orientation camp
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Get used to a lot of coverage over McDavid’s every move and utterance by the Edmonton media leading up to his first real game with the Oilers.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks yesterday fired vice president and assistant general manager Laurence Gilman, assistant GM Lorne Henning and director of player personnel Eric Crawford.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those moves only increased the hand-wringing over GM Jim Benning and team president Trevor Linden’s handling of the club. After singing their praises to the moon a year ago, the club’s recent moves (trading away Eddie Lack and Kevin Bieksa for draft picks, shipping underachiever Zack Kassian and a pick to Montreal for Brandon Prust) has sparked a lot of second guessing among some Vancouver fans and pundits.
TORONTO STAR: Having rejoined the Toronto Maple Leafs on a two-year contract, forward Daniel Winnik feels like he never left. Winnik was dealt by the Leafs to the Pittsburgh Penguins last February.
LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens re-signed forward Christian Thomas to a one-year contract.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets signed Patrice Cormier and Matt Fraser to one-year, two-way contracts.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators prospect Nick Paul ready to play wherever the club wants him.