Scolding Brian Burke for his role in the Maple Leafs spat with the local press…Milan Michalek’s scoring outburst…Oilers Ryan Whitney struggles to regain his form…Canucks Chris Higgins sidelined by foot infection…Chris Campoli could return soon to Habs blueline…Ron Hainsey doesn’t enjoy blocking shots…Flames call up Leyland Irving.
TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons scolds Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke for contributing to the club’s poisonous relationship with the local media.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt Burke listens to anything Steve Simmons has to say. Everyone knew when he came to Toronto he had a reputation for feuding with the media. As long as the Leafs are winning, fans could care less about the Leafs relationship with the local press.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlon looks at the surprising offensive performance this season of Senators forward Milan Michalek, who’s among the league’s goal-scoring leaders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen how long Michalek can maintain this pace, but he has a pleasant surprise in a season of many for the rebuilding Senators, and if he can stay healthy, could be a significant contributing factor in the team’s ongoing improvement.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney taking it one game at a time as he tries to round back into form after recovering from injury.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Chris Higgins has been sidelined by a suspected staph infection in one of his feet.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Defenseman Chris Campoli has been cleared for contact and could be returning soon to the Canadiens. Campoli’s been sidelined since the Habs season-opener to a hamstring injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for a Canadiens blueline still struggling to cope with the absence of Andrei Markov and its lack of production on the power-play.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Ron Hainsey continues to be hampered by a nagging foot injury as a result of blocking a shot in a recent game. Hainsey understands the need to block shots but isn’t a fan of the practice.
CALGARY SUN: A knee injury to Flames backup Henrik Karlsson could once again give Leland Irving another shot to prove himself at the NHL level.