Winnipeg welcomes back Teemu Selanne… Jarome Iginla talks about his evolution as a goalscorer…Ales Hemsky’s frustrations continue…Mason Raymond’s back injury may have made him a better player…Jacques Martin a scapegoat?…How the Senators landed Kyle Turris…Forgotten Jeff Finger plays on with Leafs farm team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the hearts of Winnipeg hockey fans, Selanne will be forever a Jet.
CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla on how he overcame his struggles early in his career to become one of the league’s most respected goalscorers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Back then, Iginla saw himself as a grinding, energy winger. Hard to imagine him in that role.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ales Hemsky has been taken off the Oilers first power-play unit, and is refusing to change his stick as has been suggested by coach Tom Renney to help him regain his offensive touch.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hemsky’s frustrations appear to be mounting, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up on the trade block as early as next month.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Mason Raymond’s recuperation and rehab from back surgery has made him a better man.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s hoping Raymond can fully overcome that injury and go on to a long, productive NHL career.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey suggests fired Canadiens coach Jacques Martin was made the scapegoat for management’s mistakes and the poor performance of a few players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so, and the Habs fail to improve over the remainder of this season, GM Pierre Gauthier will be fired, and those players who didn’t buy into Martin’s system could also be gone.
OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch on the Senators successful efforts to acquire Kyle Turris from Phoenix.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully those efforts work out for the Senators. If Turris tanks and David Rundblad goes on to become a star with the Coyotes, this move will be cited by unhappy Senators fans as yet another reason for GM Bryan Murray to be fired.
TORONTO SUN: Forgotten defenseman Jeff Finger toils away in the minors during the final season of his contract with the Maple Leafs, and hopes he’ll be able to sign with another NHL team next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Finger is often criticized for his situation, the suggestion being he should walk away from his contract, but under CBA rules, if he did that, he’d be suspended and couldn’t play in the NHL. So, he just has to make the best of the situation. Don’t blame him for his ridiculous contract, but rather former Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher.