Latest on Andrew Ladd and Torrey Mitchell, the Ottawa Senators are talking with Martin Havlat, and the latest on the Flames’ arena megaproject.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe believes Jets captain Andrew Ladd’s star is still rising, meaning it’ll cost the club big bucks to keep him off next summer’s UFA market. Wiebe speculates Ladd won’t take less than a six-year deal worth between $36-$39 million.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets also have to re-sign defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, but he’ll prove more expensive to retain than Ladd. The Jets also have the blueline depth to offset Byfuglien’s departure, but they’ll have a tougher time replacing Ladd’s leadership, skills and experience on left wing.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are reportedly interested in signing Martin Havlat to a professional tryout offer (PTO). Havlat began his NHL career with the Senators, spending five seasons with them until dealt to the Chicago Blackhawks in the summer of 2006.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Years of injuries have caught up with Havlat, robbing him of his effectiveness as a scoring winger. Still, no harm in giving him a tryout to see if he can contribute in some way to the Sens lineup.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Montreal native Torrey Mitchell is thrilled to be under contract with the Canadiens for the next three seasons.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector believes the Calgary Flames $890 million arena megaproject will eventually get done once the team and the city are done haggling over how much taxpayer money will be pumped into the project.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll get done and there will be some taxpayer funding involved. The Flames cannot continue playing in their current venue over the long term, while the Calgary Stampeders also need a new stadium. Those teams are very important to the city’s fabric.