Updates on Milan Michalek, Alex Tanguay, Tim Connolly, Zach Bogosian and Corey Potter, plus the Canucks press defensemen into fourth line duty, and the Canadiens’ legendary aversion to disclosing information, especially on injured players.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators begin to adjust to life without leading scorer Milan Michalek, the latest NHL star to be sidelined by a concussion.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames winger Alex Tanguay returns to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning for the first time since his woeful 2009-10 campaign with the Bolts, which he felt was nearly the last season of his NHL career.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly will face off
tonight tomorrow night in Buffalo against the Sabres for the first time since leaving the Sabres via free agency last summer to sign with the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Connolly’s not expecting a warm reception from Buffalo fans.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian was not suspended for his hit-from-behind on Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard during a Jets-Wild game earlier this week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bogosian’s clean record and Bouchard suffering cuts but no concussion may have been factors.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Corey Potter is due to return from an ankle injury which sidelined him nearly a month.
VANCOUVER SUN: Injuries have forced the Canucks to press defensemen Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts into fourth-line forward roles.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t be surprised if the Canucks go shopping for fourth line depth later this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey looks at the Canadiens legendary aversion to disclosing information, especially on their injured players.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens might be hoping to prevent rival teams from keying in on players who are trying to play hurt, but given the way they’re playing this season, rival teams can tell who’s playing hurt and who’s not.