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CBC.CA: Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby claimed in an interview with Peter Mansbridge he is completely free of concussion symptoms which had plagued him in recent years. Crosby told Mansbridge the symptoms didn’t return after he suffered a broken jaw late in the season. He also said he wouldn’t change his style of play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Prior to his broken jaw, Crosby was leading the NHL in scoring by a wide margin and seemed a shoo-in to win the Hart Trophy and the scoring title. If he stays healthy this season and maintains last season’s torrid scoring pace, he’ll be a lock for both trophies.
WASHINGTON POST: Capitals GM George McPhee and head coach Adam Oates dismissed claims by Moscow Dynamo general director Andrey Safarnov that Alexander Ovechkin wants to return to Russia and the KHL.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You know the one person who can put this to rest? Alexander Ovechkin. He’ll be bombarded with questions about Safranov’s statements when he reports for Capitals training camp.
ARIZONA REPUBLIC: Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan is healthy following off-season sports hernia surgery, happy the Coyotes ownership saga has been resolved, and looking forward to the start of this coming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doan was questioned – even ridiculed – for re-signing last year with the Coyotes when the club’s future in Glendale seemed uncertain. His gamble paid off and he could finish his career with the Coyotes.
NEWSOBSERVER.COM: Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal is ten pounds lighter and quicker, anxious to put his disappointing debut season with the club behind him.
CSNNE.COM: Boston Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is looking forward to his first full NHL season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hamilton impressed in his lockout-shortened debut last season, but he’ll face a stiff test in his first 82-game schedule.
NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Andrej Meszaros is still recuperating from off-season shoulder surgery and has yet to receive medical clearance to play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meszaros’ name popped up this summer in trade rumors, but this will certainly hamper any efforts by the Flyers to shop him.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: Injury-hampered Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who was sidelined last season with knee problems, is expected to report to training camp next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mitchell’s return would put the Kings over the salary cap by $86K, meaning one of their lower-salaried players (like blueliners Keaton Ellerby or Jeff Schultz) could be demoted or traded to make room for him.
CSN BAY AREA: The San Jose Sharks have invited UFA forward Anthony Stewart to training camp on a tryout basis.
NJ.COM: Devils GM Lou Lamoriello claims the club’s new ownership has the cash to make the Devils a Cup contender again.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It won’t happen over the course of this season, but you can expect Lamoriello to be active in next summer’s trade and free agent markets. He could get a head start on things near the trade deadline, depending on where the Devils are in the standings at that time.
BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres unveiled their new third jersey yesterday, and the reviews from fans and bloggers was overwhelmingly negative.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as bad as the “Buffaslug” (or “Goat’s Head Soup” as I called it), but I’m not diggin’ the new all-gold jersey. Still, teams use third jerseys to rake in more revenue, and if this one sells well, they’ll be laughing all the way to the bank.
THE TENNESSEAN: The Nashville Predators’ e-mail to season ticket holders which signed off “Let’s Go Perds” has gone viral, but the club is making the most of it, releasing a statement deliberately filled with spelling errors addressing the issue.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good on the Perds, er, I mean “Preds” to at least own this error and make light of it. Still, it’s going to provide ammunition to fans of opposing teams.