Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges on his new contract and his knee, getting to know new Canucks forward Byron Bitz, and a reevaluation of the Jets new logo.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges was disappointed he didn’t receive a long term contract from the Habs, but understands the team’s position, given their concerns as he’s coming off major season-ending knee surgery.
“When I stepped back and I look at it from the team’s point of view, I realized that it was a business decision,” said Gorges, who avoided arbitration Friday when he agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million U.S.
“I’m coming off major knee surgery and I understand that they have some concerns about the injury,” Gorges said Monday by phone from his home in Kelowna, B.C.
“I’m happy that I got a contract because I never wanted to go to arbitration. I’ve been in this position before in my career. Every year since I’ve left junior I’ve been in a position where I have to prove myself, and I just have to go out and have the best year I can.”
Gorges has been working out and claims his knee will be good to go when training camp opens on September 15th.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Habs fans were unhappy over Gorges only getting a one-year deal, and refused to believe it was Gorges knee injury that was the reason, pointing out Andrei Markov was coming off two knee surgeries but received a multi-year extension. Gorges’ remarks however indicate otherwise.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Mike Halford of Orland Kurtenblog introduces Canucks fans to recently acquired right wing Byron Bitz, who’ll be trying to crack the Canucks roster this fall.
“He’s 6-5, 215 pounds, plays with a mean streak and, while he’s not necessarily a good fighter, he seems willing to take on all comers.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bitz could be hard-pressed to crack the roster on a regular basis, but he could provide some much-needed toughness up front.
WINNIPEG SUN: Adam Clayton rethinks his previously harsh initial assessment of the Jets new logo.
“Now that I’ve had some time to mull it over, I admit my first reaction was harsh. The emblem looks better on a shirt than it does online or on the hats, and there’s something to be said for its clean simplicity.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A lot of folks whose initial reaction to the Jets new logo was critical appear to have rethought their opinions, given both the popularity among Jets fans, and the fact it was revealed the logo also symbolized the city of Winnipeg’s close ties to the Canadian military.