In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Jarome Iginla is finally skating…Dustin Byfuglien sidelined…Ryan Whitney still not ready to return from injury…Tyler Bozak gets another shot on the Leafs top line…Canucks “C Team” comes up short against Sharks…Rookie Mika Zibanejad all but assured a roster spot with Senators…Canadiens rookie Brendan Gallagher finds recent pre-season game tougher.
CALGARY SUN: Flames captain Jarome Iginla is finally back on skates after being sidelined by back spasms since the opening day of training camp. Iginla’s aiming to be in the lineup for the Flames season-opener.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Flames, though it’ll be interesting to see what impact this has on Iginla’s early season play, who is usually a slow starter.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien will miss tonight’s preseason game. The team won’t say what the problem is, other than he’s “banged up” and is day-to-day.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t sound too serious. This may be merely a precautionary move.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney won’t participate in the club’s final preseason games, and it remains questionable if he’ll be ready for the start of the season. Whitney tweaked his surgically repaired ankle earlier in training camp.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little wonder the reports out of Edmonton in recent days claim the Oilers primary need is for another experienced puck-moving defenseman.
TORONTO STAR: Tyler Bozak will be returning to the Maple Leafs top line following injuries to Tim Connolly and Nazem Kadri.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bozak’s name popped up earlier this week in trade speculation, but these recent injuries could ensure he remains with the Leafs.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks iced yet another preseason lineup short on veterans, which fell to the San Jose Sharks 3-0.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Rookie center Mika Zibanejad is all but assured a roster spot for the start of the season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens prospect Brendan Gallagher found the pace in his team’s 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay much faster than what he’s encountered in previous preseason games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gallagher is likely to be sent back to junior, but his impressive performance in this year’s preseason bodes well for his return next season, and perhaps a better shot at making the Habs.