In today’s roundup of Canadian NHL team news: Flames take it easy with Jarome Iginla’s back spasms…Canadiens forward Scott Gomez set to return…Questions over the Oilers goaltending…Canucks GM Mike Gillis reflects on a summer of sadness…Wondering which division the Jets could end up in next season…a profile of Senators prospect Stephane Da Costa…Maple Leafs goalie prospect Ben Scrivens hopes to follow James Reimer’s example.
CALGARY HERALD: reports the Flames won’t be rushing Jarome Iglina back to action. He’s currently sidelined by back spasms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Iginla’s value to the Flames, it’s a wise decision to allow him the time he needs to get healthy.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: reports Canadiens center Scott Gomez is ready to make his preseason debut after missing most of this week to a lower-body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gomez can expect a frosty reception from Habs fans unhappy with his underwhelming performance last season. If he hopes to keep the boo-birds off his back this season, he must make significant improvement.
EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychowski noted questions swirl about the current Oilers tandem of Nikolai Khabibulin and Devan Dubnyk.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Khabibulin is unable to regain his once-solid form, it’ll be up to Dubnyk, and it remains to be seen if he’s capable of providing the type of goaltending the Oilers need if they’re to get themselves into playoff contention this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis reflected on what was a summer of sadness for him with the deaths of former Canucks Rick Rypien and Pavol Demitra. Gillis made a huge emotional investment in helping Rypien cope with depression, and was Demitra’s former agent, as well as his friend.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: We tend to forget it’s not all business between a general manager and his players.
WINNIPEG SUN: reports realignment which will see the Jets move to the Western Conference next season has already begun, but what division they end up in is anyone’s guess. It could be either the Northwest or Central.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If it’s the Northwest, it’ll play into their natural rivalry with the Oilers and Flames, but the Central would likely mean less travel, especially through time zones.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: has a profile of Senators prospect Stephane Da Costa and his efforts to crack the club’s roster this season.
TORONTO STAR: reports Maple Leafs goalie prospect Ben Scrivens is hoping to follow the example of James Reimer by playing his way from their farm team to the Leafs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Jonas Gustavsson is sidelined again for a lenghty period, Scrivens might get his chance.