A brief profile of prospective Devils owner Josh Harris, plus the latest on Daniel Alfredsson, Marian Hossa, John Tavares, Ryan O’Reilly and Dany Heatley.
NJ.COM: A brief profile of Philadelphia 76ers owner and prospective New Jersey Devils owner Josh Harris, who is seen as a builder, not a destroyer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Well, I should hope he’s known as a builder. Josh “The Destroyer” Harris is a cool nickname if you’re a pro wrestler or a comic book villain, but not if you’re the prospective buyer of a pro hockey team. Kidding aside, Harris has had success in a short period of time (2 years) turning around the 76ers, which would bodeswell for the Devils if he becomes their new owner.
OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will give his side of the story behind his signing with the Detroit Red Wings later this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m not expecting acrimony from Alfredsson toward the Senators front office, but bland elaboration of his initials comments given during a conference call on the day he signed with the Wings.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Speaking of the Senators, nearly four years after Dany Heatley’s departure, they’re close to resolving their bonus money grievance with him.
NEWSDAY: A profile of John Tavares, suggesting his leadership qualities make him the natural choice to succeed the departed Mark Streit as team captain.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I agree. Tavares has made huge strides in his development as the Islanders franchise player over the past two years. He’s ready for the captaincy.
CSNCHICAGO.COM: Blackhawks star Marian Hossa ate perogies out of the Stanley Cup during his day with it in his home country of Slovakia.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Mmmmm, perogies. Or “pierogies”, however you wish to spell it. I prefer the Western Canadian version, since that’s where I discovered this tasty dish.
DENVER POST: Ryan O’Reilly is looking forward to his new challenge of playing left wing to start this season with the Colorado Avalanche.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: O’Reilly’s lengthy contract holdout last season, ending by the Avalanche matched a two-year offer sheet from the Calgary Flames, has some observers speculating over his future with the club. His performance this season could determine if he has a future in Colorado beyond this season.
SPORTSNET.CA: Patrick Hoffman profiles the Buffalo Sabres, believing the club faces many questions entering this season, particularly the respective futures of Ryan Miller and Thomas Vanek.