67's star appears Locke to sign with Canadiens

CHRIS STEVENSON -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 6:44 AM ET

It looks like the Montreal Canadiens gain is going to be the Ottawa 67's loss. Rumours last night were the Habs are close to signing 67's star Corey Locke, the 2003 Canadian Hockey League MVP and Ontario Hockey League's most outstanding player the last two years. The two sides are facing a deadline of midnight tonight to get the deal done.

Locke was the Canadiens' fifth choice, 113th overall, in the 2003 NHL draft. It's expected he will play this season for the Hamilton Bulldogs, the Canadiens' farm team in the AHL.

Locke scored a goal last night for the Canadiens rookies as they dropped a 5-3 decision to the Toronto Maple Leafs prospects in the championship final of the rookie tournament.

The Senators rookies, meanwhile, wrapped up the annual event on a winning note yesterday with a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers prospects in the game for third place.

The Senators got a pair of goals from Gregg Johnson -- his second-straight two-goal game -- and singles from Josh Patterson and Derek Campbell for the victory.

Jeff Glass was in net for the Senators prospects, who concluded the tournament with a 2-2 record. The Panthers fell to 1-3.

The Leafs were boosted again by Matt Hubbauer's two goals, which gave him six in the tournament. They also got goals from Scott May, David Turon and Cory Stillman.

Jimmy Bonneau and Greg Stewart also scored for Montreal.

chris.stevenson@ott.sunpub.com


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