In today’s assemblage of notable NHL Canadian team news: Jarome Iginla will be ready for the Flames season opener…Roberto Luongo could face a long October…Dion Phaneuf could generate more offensive this season…Update on Chris Campoli’s injury status…Ladislav Smid cleared to play for the Oilers…Zenon Kenopka looking forward to tonight’s game against the Maple Leafs…Brett MacLean on playing for the Jets past and present.
CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla has recovered from back spasms which sidelined him for the preseason and will be ready for tonight’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: If the Canucks season opener against the Pittsburgh Penguins and Roberto Luongo’s history is any indication, it could be a long month for the Canucks starter, who gave up a couple of soft goals against the Penguins and is admittedly a slow starter.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only one game, but if Luongo does have another slow start, they’ve got Cory Schneider to turn to.
TORONTO SUN: After needing 68 games to score a goal last season,Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf appears to have regained his offensive touch after scoring in the first game of this season in Toronto’s 2-0 victory over Montreal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs offense could certainly benefit from Phaneuf’s contributions from the blueline, especially if he can regain the form from his first three seasons in Calgary.
RDS.CA: Chris Campoli was sidelined by a hamstring injury in Thursday’s season opener, but the Canadiens defenseman may not be out of the lineup for long.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s been a week Campoli would prefer to forget, first getting nailed by a blow to the head by Ryan Malone, and then the hamstring injury.
EDMONTON SUN: Defenseman Ladislav Smid has been cleared to return to action from a strained shoulder suffered last week against Minnesota.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Oilers blueline, which was already missing Ryan Whitney and Taylor Chorney.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators enforcer Zenon Kenopka is bracing himself for tonight’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
WINNIPEG SUN: Brett MacLean found it pretty cool to have been claimed off waivers by the new Jets from the Phoenix Coyotes, the former Jets.