In today`s roundup of Canadian NHL team news: Ales Hemsky to make his first preseason appearance…the impact of the Canadiens signing Chris Campoli upon their defense corps…Leafs Matthew Lombardi making strides to return to action…Are the Canucks being wise in resting their veterans during preseason…Senators trim their roster…Flames demote two promising prospects.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: reports Ales Hemsky will be making his return to action later this week for the first time since injuring his shoulder on March 1.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: The Oilers will need a healthy Hemsky if they harbor any post-season hopes.
CYBERPRESSE.CA: Francois Gagnon suggests the Canadiens signing of Chris Campoli yesterday to a one-year contract suggests not only that Andrei Markov`s recent setback in his recovery from knee surgery may be more serious than expected, but could crush the hopes of Jeff Woywitka and Raphael Diaz of making the lineup, while putting Alexei Yemelin and Yannick Weber.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: At the very least, it certainly raises questions over the status of Markov`s reconstructed knee.
TORONTO STAR: reports Maple Leafs forward Matthew Lombardi is hoping to play in one of the Leafs final two preseason games. Lombardi has made tremendous strides in his recovery from post-concussion symptoms.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: This is great news for Lombardi, and for the Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma pondered the wisdom of the Canucks resting most of their veterans throughout the preseason.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: Given the short off-season they`ve had, plus the number of players either still recovering from injuries or just returned, I don`t think it`s a bad idea to save those players for the games that really matter, rather than risking more injuries to them in meaningless preseason games.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: noted Jets prospect Mark Scheifele continues to shine throughout preseason, strengthening his case to stick with the club.
SPECTOR`S NOTE: At the very least, he`s earned a nine-game regular season tryout.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports the Senators are set to trim their roster to 26 players, noting the most interesting battles will be between prospects Mika Zibanejad and Stephane Da Costa at forward, and defensemen Jared Cowen and David Rundblad.
CALGARY HERALD: reports the Flames have sent prospects Sven Baertschi and Max Reinhart back to their respective WHL teams.