In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Roberto Luongo acknowledges he could’ve played better against Flyers…Carey Price contributes to fight against breast cancer…A call for panicking Flames fans to calm down…Cody Franson must step up to seize a job…Jets need to get away from it all…Senators facing roster decisions…Darcy Hordichuk leads Oilers fourth line.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo wished he could’ve made a big save or two as his team fell to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, and acknowledged he’s off to a slow start.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The entire team is off to a slow start, but it’s Luongo who is most under the gun this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price is doing his part to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer this month, as he’ll be wearing goalie pads with pink trim and a pink goalie mask throughout October, then will auction them off, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another fine example of the good work done for charities by NHL players.
CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson acknowledged the weaknesses of the Flames roster which contributed to the team dropping its first two games, but called for fans not to panic.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: You panicking Flames fans remember there are 80 more of these games to go, don’t you? If the Flames are still struggling four-six weeks from now, then you can start worrying. It’s only two games into the season. Relax!
TORONTO SUN: Cody Franson, who began the season as a healthy scratch, will need to step up and earn a spot on the Leafs defense corps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have a very deep defense this season, so no one can just assume they’ll get a roster spot, even one as promising as Franson. I don’t believe the club will trade him, as they have high hopes he’ll become a key component of their blueline in the future, but for now, he has to work for a spot.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman believes the Jets current road trip is the best thing for them to put aside their disappointing home opening loss and get back on track.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators face some tough roster decisions, as Nikita Filatov, Bobby Butler and Brian Lee has been scratched from recent games. It’s a good bet the odd man out could be Filatov, who has a two-way contract and could be demoted.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sens could consider shopping one of them, but I feel it’s too early for that. They’ll demote one or two, rather than trade one, if it comes to that.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Veteran Darcy Hordichuk will be the leader for young linemates Anton Lander and Lennart Petrell on the Oilers fourth line.