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MONTREAL GAZETTE: Although the Canadiens players voted Max Pacioretty as their new captain, Jack Todd believes P.K. Subban would’ve been a better choice because he’s more exciting and fun.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the players in the dressing room know who the best player is to lead them. I doubt it will affect Subban, who skates as an alternate captain. Besides, everyone knows the real leader of the Canadiens is Carey Price.
THE PROVINCE: Veteran winger Radim Vrbata, who brought depth to the Vancouver Canucks’ second line last season, isn’t ruling out re-signing with the club this season. He’s an unrestricted free agent next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Vrbata was also the Canucks MVP last season. Another performance like that and I can see management inking the 34-year-old to a two- or three-year extension worth around the same salary ($5 million annually) that he’s currently making. Yes, another solid outing will also enhance his trade value, but if he’s keen to stay, the Canucks could keep him.
WINNIPEG SUN: After injuries sidelined him for 22 games last season, Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is healthy and looking forward to 2015-16.
EDMONTON SUN: Connor McDavid had two assists as the Oilers rallied for a 4-2 victory over the Calgary Flames in split-squad preseason action. Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens was solid between the pipes in the other contest,as his squad skated to a 3-1 win over the Flames.
CALGARY SUN: New Flames Michael Frolik and Dougie Hamilton are quickly fitting in with their new teammates. Frolik joined the Flames this summer via free agency, while Hamilton was acquired in a trade with the Boston Bruins.