US Olympics players speak out against Russia’s anti-gay laws, plus the latest on Mike Smith, Patrice Bergeron, Cory Schneider, Mike Green, Jeff Skinner, Mikhail Grabovski and more.
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: Potential US Olympic players Zach Parise and David Backes spoke out against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
TSN.CA: Phoenix Coyotes goalie Mike Smith is relieved the years of uncertainty over the club’s ownership is finally over.
BOSTON GLOBE: Patrice Bergeron says he’ll be set for Bruins training camp, which begins in less than two weeks. Bergeron spent the off-season recovering from a plethora (broken rib, torn rib cartilage, punctured lung, separated shoulder) suffered during the Stanley Cup Final.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: New Devils goaltender Cory Schneider doesn’t mind an early return to Vancouver. The Devils meet the Canucks on October 8. Schneider was dealt to the Devils during the NHL 2013 Draft.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals defenseman Mike Green believes he’s developed a lot since missing the cut for Team Canada in 2010. Green attended this week’s Team Canada orientation camp.
THE GLOBE & MAIL: The Staal brothers – Eric, Jordan and Marc – are in contention to make Team Canada.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Eric’s a lock for Team Canada. Jordan stands a good chance. Marc could find it difficult cracking the Canadian blueline corps.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner faces an important season, hoping to justify his expensive new contract as well as put concerns over his concussion history behind him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Skinner can avoid injury (especially concussions) he’ll more than justify his expensive new contract. He has the talent, but those concussions have not only hampered his performance, but threaten his career.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates aren’t concerned about Mikhail Grabovski’s character. Grabovski recently signed a one-year, $3 million contract (with a no-trade clause) with the Capitals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Grabovski’s skills obviously outweighed any possibly concerns about his character, some of which is overblown.
STARTRIBUNE.COM; Former NHL forward Andrew Brunette will oversee the Minnesota Wild’s power play this season.