An updates on Alex Galchenyuk, Flames re-sign Micheal Ferland, Leafs sign Brad Boyes to PTO offer and much more in your NHL Canadian Corner.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens will start this season with Alex Galchenyuk at center, which could result in David Desharnais shifting to the wing. The club also intends on naming a captain prior to the start of the season. Last season, the Canadiens skated with four alternate captains in Andrei Markov, Tomas Plekanec, Max Pacioretty and P.K. Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Interesting move by the Habs regarding Galchenyuk, as GM Marc Bergevin gave the impression last spring that Galchenyuk wasn’t ready to shift to center. As for the captaincy, I think it could go to Pacioretty. Markov is aging and only has a couple of years left on his contract, Plekanec is eligible next summer for UFA status and the coaching staff might prefer Pacioretty’s low-key style over Subban’s outgoing personality.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames re-sign restricted free agent winger Micheal Ferland to a two-year, one-way deal worth $825K per season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a fair bridge deal for both sides. Ferland gets a slight pay raise but also the security of a one-way deal, while the Flames get more time to evaluate him without overpaying for the privilege.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are bringing winger Brad Boyes to training camp on a professional tryout offer. Boyes is a former first-round Leafs pick, but this is the first time he’ll actually skate with the club. He joins Devin Setoguchi and Curtis Glencross, who are also attending the Leafs training camp on a tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Leafs rebuilding process, all three stand a good chance of earning roster spots for the upcoming season.
SPORTNET: Connor McDavid has yet to play his first real game with the Edmonton Oilers, but the 2015 first-overall draft pick is already having a positive effect upon the Oilers’ economics.
THE PROVINCE: Canucks prospect forward Hunter Shinkaruk hopes to make this a September to remember.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have announced their full broadcast schedule for the upcoming season.
OTTAWA SUN: Daniel Alfredsson’s role with the Senators’ front office could be a part-time one this season until his family moves back to Ottawa.