Latest on Roberto Luongo, Jarome Iginla, Andrei Markov, Ryan Whitney, Guillaume Latendresse and Ondrej Pavelec, plus new Leafs management unafraid to wield the axe on lazy players.
VANCOUVER SUN: Roberto Luongo has returned to Vancouver to attend Canucks training camp while rumors swirl over his future with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo’s status is something Canucks management will have to address soon. It’s unlikely, however, to become a distraction upon his teammates.
CALGARY SUN: The Flames intend to announce their “game plan” regarding Jarome Iginla’s future with the club in the near future.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Much will depend, I believe, on how the Flames perform this season, and whether Iginla would prefer to finish his career with the club, or move on to a Cup contender.
CANOE.CA: Oft-injured defenseman Andrei Markov had some fun with Montreal Canadiens fans concerned over his health. “I can still walk, so I’m healthy”, said Markov, who spent the lockout playing in the KHL.
SPECTOR’ S NOTE: All kidding aside, a healthy Markov could be vital to the Canadiens playoff hopes this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Another oft-injured defenseman, Ryan Whitney of the Oilers, claims he’s fully recovered from ankle surgery and looking forward to the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the talk about the potential impact Justin Schultz could have upon the Oilers blueline, one shouldn’t under-rate how strong the contributions of a healthy Whitney could be.
OTTAWA SUN: Injury-prone winger Guillaume Latendresse knows he’ll be feeling the pressure to get his career back on track this season. Having inked a one-year deal with the Senators as a free agent last summer, Latendresse will be locked upon to provide additional scoring depth to the Sens offensive attack.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could well be a “make-or-break” season for Latendresse. Another serious injury could permanently derail his career.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets owner Mark Chipman intends to meet with goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to discuss the latter’s drunk driving conviction last summer and the further “consequences” Chipman has in mind.
TORONTO SUN: New Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis will have no patience for players who don’t show up for each game.