In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Sergei Gonchar could become the next target for Senators boo-birds…Flames coach defends starting Henrik Karlsson against the Blues…Canucks backup Cory Schneider ready for more early-season action…No decision yet on possible supplemental discipline for Ryan Smyth…Jets hope to focus on hockey…Maple Leafs get terrific reception at CFB Trenton…Canadiens call up Aaron Palushaj.
OTTAWA SUN: Sergei Gonchar could earn the wrath of Senators fans if he continues to put forward a lackluster effort as he did in a recent game against Detroit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators are counting on Gonchar to rebound from last season’s spotty performance and anchor their blueline, especially on the PP.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames coach Brent Sutter defended starting backup Henrik Karlsson against the St. Louis Blues yesterday, which the Flames lost 5-2.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Karlsson is supposed to spell off starter Miikka Kiprusoff more often he needs to get into more games early in the season. If not now, then when? Sutter made the right call, and if they want “Kipper” to be fresh throughout the season, they’ll need Karlsson to play more often.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks backup Cory Schneider is hoping to see more early season action.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Starter Roberto Luongo tends to be a slow starter, so the more action Schneider can see, the better.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ryan Smyth has yet to hear from the league’s disciplinary office regarding possible supplemental discipline for hitting Pittsburgh Penguins forward Chris Kunitz in the head with an elbow during a recent Penguins-Oilers game. Smyth received five minutes and a misconduct for the infraction.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Smyth hasn’t heard from the league by tomorrow, it’s safe to say he won’t face any additional punishment.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are now hoping to focus solely on hockey with the hype from their first home game in Winnipeg in sixteen years now behind them.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think opening night nerves had more to do with the Jets sloppy play in their 5-1 loss to the Habs than anything else. We’ll likely see a better effort from them in their next home game.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have received an overwhelming reception from CFB Trenton, where they’re currently spending time practicing and engaging in team-building exercises.
CANOE.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have recalled forward Aaron Palushaj.