In today’s compilation of Canadian NHL team news: Flames beset by injuries to key veterans…Canadiens Yannick Weber addresses his situation…Phillipe Dupuis on Leafs top line…Oilers prospect suffers serious leg injury…Jared Cowen appears to have a spot on the Senators…Volpatti, Oreskovich clinch Canucks final roster spots…Jets facing tough decisions.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Brent Sutter vows injured wingers Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque will be ready to go by the team’s season opener next week.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They better not rush these two back into action before they’re completely healthy, or this could become a worse situation.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens blueliner Yannick Weber admitted to being frustrated that he might not start the season on defense, but said he’d rather be employed as a winger than sitting in the stands as an eighth defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Weber isn’t going to make any “play me on defense or trade me” demands.
TORONTO SUN: Injuries to Tim Connolly, Nazim Kadri and Tyler Bozak has vaulted fourth line center Phillipe Dupuis to centering the Leafs first line.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those injuries may be the reason the Leafs are reportedly seeking another top forward.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers lost prospect Taylor Fedun to a broken right femur after he crashed awkwardly into the end boards during last night’s Oilers-Minnesota Wild game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fedun’s injury is yet another example why the NHL must implement “no-touch” icing.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Defenseman Jared Cowen will survive the Senators final rounds of cuts and will begin this season with the team.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Aaron Volpatti and Victor Oreskovich will round out the Canucks regular season lineup.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets face some tough roster decisions as they prepare to make their final cuts.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If prospect Mark Scheifele fails to survive this round of cuts, Jets fans aren’t likely to be happy. He’s quickly become a fan favorite with his strong pre-season play.