Burke claims Leafs roster upgrade still in progress, Canadiens won’t buy out Gomez, a former Islander could make a good backup for Canucks, and the latest on the Oilers, Flames, Senators and Jets.
SPORTSNET.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke claimed his team is still looking to make some moves, especially to address his goaltending, but so far hasn’t found a price which makes sense. He’s also not interested in adding an unproven goalie.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke’s options seem very limited (Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Bernier), so unless the Leafs GM can get creative and land a quality starter, Leafs fans should prepare for a James Reimer/Ben Scrivens tandem this season.
SPORTSNET.CA: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said he’s not buying out center Scott Gomez.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s an “amnesty buyout” period in the next CBA, Bergevin will likely use it for a penalty-free buyout of Gomez. Buying him out now simply doesn’t make sense.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma suggests former NY Islanders goalie Al Montoya might be a good option as a backup for Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, once they trade away Roberto Luongo. Schneider and Montoya played together on Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Hockey championships.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recently underwent a routine checkup on his surgically repaired shoulder. No ill-effects were found.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, RNH will be good to go to start this season.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames still have question marks at center, especially at the top two lines.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Blue Jacket and now Senators defenseman Marc Methot finds it “overwhelming” he’ll be playing in his hometown. Methot was acquired from Columbus in a recent trade which sent winger Nick Foligno to the Blue Jackets.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd is pleased with the club’s recent additions of Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky.