Carey Price returns to training, Nazem Kadri hopes for a bigger role with the Maple Leafs, Mika Zibanejad heads into this season bigger and stronger, while the new NHL lottery rules come at a bad time for the rebuilding Flames.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price returned to the ice two weeks ago in Kelowna and is skating with several NHLers, including former teammate Josh Gorges. Price suffered a knee injury which knocked him out of the 2014 Eastern Conference Final, but said skating has gone well.
NATIONAL POST: Nazem Kadri hopes to play a bigger role as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ first-line center. Kadri said he’s not trying to create controversy and will play wherever the coach wants him to, but he has set his sights on the number-one center position.
SPECTOR’S NOTE:The Leafs have lacked a true first-line center since Mats Sundin left town. I believe Kadri has the talent to become the Leafs top-line center. Maturity and consistency is all that’s been lacking so far.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Mika Zibanejad is now bigger, stronger and hopes for a more productive season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This season present a golden opportunity for Zibanejad to take on a larger role with the club, perhaps becoming its full-time second-line center.
SPORTSNET: Mark Spector believes the recent changes to the NHL draft lottery could hurt the Calgary Flames rebuild.