In today’s roundup of Canadian NHL team news: Flames captain Jarome Iginla unconcerned over recent back spasms…Max Pacioretty feels lucky about his rehab… Canucks hopeful Todd Fedoruk opens up about his second chance at life and hockey…Leafs pre-season off to a good start…Jets pre-season opener should be a noise affair…Senators give Nikita Filatov a second chance…Oilers have a possible blueline diamond in the rough.
CALGARY SUN: Jarome Iginla said he doesn’t expect to be sidelined for long by recent back spasms which have kept him from participating in training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could, however, slow a player who is already known for being a slow starter.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty feels fortunate he was able to recuperate so well and quickly from last season’s neck and back injuries.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The question now is whether or not those injuries affected him psychologically and what impact it could have on his game.
VANCOUVER SUN: Todd Fedoruk, who’s attending Canucks training camp on a tryout, is grateful for the second chance he’s being given after overcoming addictions.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: All the best to Fedoruk, who’s had a rocky road in recent years.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs got off to a good start to the pre-season, with a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday night.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports the Senators experiment with Nikita Filatov on one of their top two lines began last night in their pre-season opener against Toronto.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: So far, so good, Filatov saw over 16 minutes of icetime and two assists in the Senators 4-2 loss to Toronto.
WINNIPEG SUN: Expects the Jets pre-season opener against Columbus tonight will be a loud affair.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers hope they have a blueline “diamond in the rough” in oft-traveled defenseman Kirill Tuluopov, a former Devils draft pick.