Roberto Luongo’s actually a funny guy, Sergei Gonchar enjoys playing in Russia, Andy Sutton and Nikolai Khabibulin continue to rehab, Francis Bouillon remembers his roots, and the lockout is hurting businesses around the Air Canada Centre.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo has lately been revealing his sense of humor.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suppose you need a sense of humor when you’ve been vilified as much as he has by Canucks fans in recent years.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar is enjoying his time in the KHL, but still plans to return to Ottawa if the lockout should end in time to save this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Folks shouldn’t disparage Russian players who are enjoying themselves in the KHL. It’s a special opportunity to play in front of their hometown fans. Now, when they threaten to stay in the KHL while still under NHL contract, that’s a different story, and they should follow Gonchar’s example.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Veteran Oilers Andy Sutton and Nikolai Khabibulin continue to rehab nagging injuries. Sutton suffered a serious leg injury which is threatening his NHL playing career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You hate to see any player’s career ended by injury. Here’s hoping Sutton can make a full recovery.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon hasn’t forgotten his roots growing up in Montreal’s east end district of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, recently taking part in three outdoor ball hockey games with the proceeds going to Jeunes Sportifs Hochelaga.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As much as hockey players are disparaged for being “overpaid” and “greedy”, they’re also arguably the most giving pro athletes in North America. Bouillon provides yet another example.
TORONTO STAR: Businesses around Toronto’s Air Canada Centre are feeling the impact from this lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As are the businesses around every NHL arena during this lockout. They are among those who are truly being hurt by this lockout.