Latest on Dion Phaneuf, Taylor Hall, Mark Giordano and Nick Bonino, plus updates on the Jets and Canadiens.
TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is willing to accept moving from the right side of the Leafs blueline to the left.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Taylor Hall believes puck possession and battling hard are keys to his club’s success this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Careful, Taylor. Some folks consider talk of puck possession to be sacrilege…oh, wait, he’s not talking advanced stats…never mind.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Mark Giordano is anxious to see his club’s new additions in action this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of their additions the most important could be goaltender Jonas Hiller, who brings experience between the pipes the Flames lacked last season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Don’t call Nick Bonino the next Ryan Kesler.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bonino might not play the same style or have the same two-way skill level as Kesler, but I think Canucks fans will be pleased if he can provide offense to their second line.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have reached an agreement with their AHL farm team (Ice Caps) to keep the club in St. John’s through 2016.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be great if the Jets, or another NHL club, kept a permanent farm club in St. John’s. I lived there in the early ’90s when the Maple Leafs had their farm team there and it was a terrific hockey town. Very passionate hockey fans on the Rock, but geography makes it difficult to keep AHL or Junior A franchises there.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Rogers has announced a new TV package allowing Canadiens fans to watch all 82 regular-season games.