In today’s collections of NHL Canadian team news: The Sedins won’t change their style of play…a breakdown of the Toronto Maple Leafs roster…No suspension for Ryan Malone for head shot check to Canadien Chris Campoli…Senators will need production from Nikita Filatov…Flames David Moss gunning for a career-best season…Jets rookie Mark Scheifele to be in opening night roster…Pressure building for new Oilers arena.
Don’t go changin’….
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Don’t expect the Sedin Twins to change their style of play this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nor should they! Back to back Art Ross trophies indicates they’re doing something right! Yes, I know, there’s still that playoff inconsistency thingy, but that’s been getting better too.
TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger breaks down the Maple Leafs roster for the upcoming season, and what he finds is some concerns over James Reimer’s preseason, a deep blueline, and injuries reducing an already depth-challenged forward corps.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Reimer struggles this season and the Leafs fail to improve their scoring punch, it’ll be a long, long season for their fans.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Several Canadiens, including Chris Campoli, react to the new the league won’t suspend Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone for his head shot to Campoli in a recent preseason game. Suffice it to say, they’re not exactly thrilled by the decision.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thankfully, Campoli didn’t suffer a concussion and will be in the Habs opening night lineup, but this certainly hasn’t sat well with the Montreal fans and media. Already, there’s a dark muttering Shanahan didn’t suspend Malone because the Lightning GM is Shanahan’s friend and former Detroit Red Wings teammate, Steve Yzerman. I don’t buy into that conspiracy theory, but “Sheriff Shanny” can expect more stuff like this whenever he opts not to suspend a Lightning player.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Nikita Filatov is going to get his chance to prove himself as an NHL scorer, starting this season on the same line as Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, it’s “make or break” time for Filatov.
CALGARY SUN: David Moss is hoping to stay healthy and shoot for twenty or more goals this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Moss can hit or exceed the 20-goal mark, it would be a welcome addition to a Flames offensive attack considered to be lacking depth beyond their first line.
WINNIPEG SUN: Rookie Mark Scheifele has signed an entry-level contract with the Jets and will be starting this season with the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have the first ten games to prove he can carry over his promising preseason play into the NHL regular season. If he does, the Jets could have a potential Calder candidate on their hands. For now, though, he’s got to prove he belongs this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers president Patrick LaForge is urging supporters to press Edmonton City Council to push through plans for a new arena by October 31.