Updates on Pavel Datsyuk and Tyler Myers, the Blue Jackets could invite defensemen to training camp, the latest on Team Canada’s Olympic orientation camp, and more.
DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings center Pavel Datsyuk referred to his religion when asked about Russia’s anti-gay laws. ““I’m an orthodox, and that says it all,” said Datsyuk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Russian Orthodox church considers homosexuality sinful. As the Free Press columnist noted, that indicates Datsyuk doesn’t share the opinion of his Red Wings teammate Henrik Zetterberg regarding those anti-gay laws.
NHL.COM: Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers acknowledged his play last season (which ended in April with a broken leg) wasn’t anywhere near where he wanted it to be. Myers is now fully recovered from his injury and spent the off-season working on the mental part of his game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since winning the Calder as the NHL’s top rookie in 2010, Myers play has steadily declined. The return of Henrik Tallinder might also help improve his game, as Myers strong debut was due in part to Tallinder’s steadying presence.
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Dalton Prout’s abdominal injury could result in Blue Jackets management making training camp invitations to free agent defensemen. Among those blueliners still available are “Carlo Colaiacovo, Steve Eminger, Tom Gilbert, (former Jacket) Ron Hainsey, Tomas Kaberle, Filip Kuba, Toni Lydman, Radek Martinek, Ryan O’Byrne, Tom Poti, Wade Redden, Ian White, Ryan Whitney and Greg Zanon.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Plenty of decent (and very affordable) veteran talent out there for the Blue Jackets to choose from.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Hefty insurance costs mean Team Canada’s orientation camp will be limited to sharing information and allowing the players a chance to bond. “It’s because of the high cost of insurance Hockey Canada is obligated to place on the players we’re not going to skate”, said club GM Steve Yzerman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That will make it difficult to determine how well the players bond on the ice. It also prevents the coaching staff from getting an early look at potential lineup combinations.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Former Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has been named “to a role as a member of Rugby Canada’s board of directors”.
USA TODAY: Brian Leetch and Patrick Burke are joining the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.