Leafs forward Colby Armstrong out with concussion…Kyle Turris excited to join the Senators…Canadiens could find slim pickings for bilingual coaches…Oilers learns tips from Red Wings…Canucks and Wild reignite rivalry…Jets scratching the surface of their potential…Five burning questions for the Flames.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong is out indefinitely with a concussion, suffered during Saturday’s game against Vancouver. It was revealed Armstrong was reluctant to inform the Leafs of his injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is part of the problem the NHL is encountering with players suffering concussions, as some are slow to reveal they’re suffering concussion symptoms, either because they don’t want to come out of the lineup, or don’t understand the symptoms.
OTTAWA SUN: Kyle Turris is excited about joining the Ottawa Senators and getting a fresh start to his NHL career.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Senators fans shouldn’t get their hopes up too much for Turris in the early going, as he’s still adjusting from missing training camp plus the opening weeks of the season, and now has to get used to a new team. It could take next season to fully determine Turris’ value for the Senators.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens could find the pool of available quality bilingual coaches to be a shallow one.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the jury is out on Randy Cunneyworth’s coaching ability, it appears the Canadiens front office has handled this situation poorly. Recent comments by team owner Geoff Molson suggest Cunneyworth may only be on the job until season’s end, essentially making him a “lame duck” coach. How is Cunneyworth to get the players to buy into his systems if they believe he won’t return next season?
As for the search for a bilingual coach, if Cunneyworth actually turns the Habs around, the calls for such a coach will dissipate, and if he does the miraculous and leads the Habs to a Stanley Cup this spring, those who are bitching about his lack of bilingualism will be conspicuous by their silence. Of course, if none of that happens, and if the Habs fail to improve, the complaints will continue, becoming an unnecessary distraction for the team over the rest of the season, stoking opinion there needs to be a major change in the front office.
EDMONTON SUN: The Detroit Red Wings scored three goals on tip-ins to down the Oilers 3-2.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks and Minnesota Wild have reignited a rivalry which dates back to the 2003 playoffs.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are finding themselves as a team, and hope to avoid a letdown.
CALGARY SUN: Five burning questions for the Flames this week.