Updates on Erik Karlsson, Andrew Ladd, Mark Letestu, Shawn Matthias, Ladislav Smid and Dustin Tokarski in your NHL Canadian Corner.
NBC SPORTS: Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson claims he now does all his conditioning on the ice, rather than in the weight room during the offseason. “My issue has always been keeping weight on and trying to get bigger and stronger and if I do that throughout the summer as well, I can’t put any weight on and keep it on during the year.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As the piece points out, Karlsson’s performance indicates there’s nothing wrong with his fitness. It goes to show that what works for some athletes doesn’t work for others.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd has no updates regarding contract negotiations, but he claims to be unconcerned about it. Ladd becomes eligible next summer for unrestricted free agency. He does admit it would be nice to get things sorted out before the start of the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still believe the Jets will re-sign Ladd before next July. They could part company with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien, who’s also eligible next summer for UFA status.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers free-agent acquisition Mark Letestu’s versatility, which includes playing on the power play and penalty kill, should make him a good addition to their checking lines.
TORONTO SUN: Mississauga native Shawn Matthias says it’s special to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Matthias signed with the Leafs this summer.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Ladislav Smid is looking forward to training camp after missing most of last season to injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Flames blueline depth, Smid could become an expensive seventh defenseman. Don’t be surprised if he ends up on the trade block at some point in the coming season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Dustin Tokarski discusses his role as Carey Price’s backup.