Updates on Erik Karlsson, Ben Scrivens and Zach Kassian, the Flames make a trade with Colorado, plus the latest on the Canucks, Maple Leafs and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Zach Kassian received minor injuries early Sunday morning when the truck he was riding in smashed into a tree in a Montreal borough. Meanwhile, the Canadiens signed winger Tomas Fleischmann to a one-year, $750K deal. Fleischmann attended Canadiens training camp on a tryout basis.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kassian had a disappointing preseason, and this incident has prompted media speculation over his future with the Canadiens. Fleischmann, meanwhile, was a pleasant surprise in preseason action, playing well on the third line with Dale Weise and David Desharnais.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers placed goaltender Ben Scrivens on waivers yesterday with the intent of demoting him to their AHL affiliate in Bakersfield. He will join defenseman Nikita Nikitin, who cleared waivers yesterday. The Oilers will only receive $950K in cap relief for each player.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, the Oilers now have $4.9 million counting against their cap riding the buses in the AHL. They’re still paying for the sins of the previous management. It’s quite the fall for Scrivens, who struggled through last season as the Oilers starting goaltender.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames acquired Freddie Hamilton, older brother of defenseman Dougie, from the Colorado Avalanche yesterday. He will report directly to the Flames’ farm team in Stockton. Freddie played 17 games with the Avalanche last season.
OTTAWA SUN: A year after being named Senators captain, Erik Karlsson believes keeping calm and looking at the big picture are vital assets in handling the role.
THE PROVINCE: Youngsters Jake Virtanen, Jared McCann and Ben Hutton have made strong cases for sticking with the Vancouver Canucks.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs made their final roster cuts yesterday, sending William Nylander, Connor Brown, Nikita Soshnikov, Zach Hyman and Kasperi Kapanen to the minors.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A wise decision by the Leafs. No sense hurting the development of these youngsters by having them play a full season in the first year of a rebuild. Let ’em get another year of seasoning in the minors.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are relieved to have the preseason behind them.