Taylor Hall hoping for an injury-free season, the Canadiens weigh in on Montreal’s only English-speaking sports talk radio station, and an NHL-ready arena could be constructed in the Maple Leafs back yard.
EDMONTON SUN: Injury-plagued Oilers forward Taylor Hall is hoping his third NHL season will be healthier than his first two, in which he suffered “a season-ending high ankle sprain, a 30-stitch cut across his forehead, a troublesome concussion and season-ending shoulder surgery.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall has faced some criticism for playing a “reckless style” resulting in these injuries. He’ll have to have a healthier performance this coming season to silence that criticism.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have filed an intervention in favor of TSN 990, the only all-English sports talk radio station in the city. As per Mike Boone:
“The conversion of TSN 990 to a French all-sports station is a collateral effect of Bell Media’s purchase of Astral, radio stations of which include CJAD, Virgin and CHOM. The acquisition would put Bell Media in contravention of CRTC rules governing concentration of ownership.”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a sizable contingent of English-speaking sports fans in Montreal, and they should be able to listen to an all-English sports talk radio station. Hopefully, the CRTC will rule for an exemption for TSN 990.
TORONTO STAR: The city of Markham hopes to break ground on the construction of a 20,000-seat, NHL-ready arena.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That arena would provide a significant stepping stone toward the addition of a second NHL franchise in Toronto, whose market can support two NHL teams. That probably won’t go down well with the owners of the Maple Leafs, who wouldn’t be pleased about another NHL team in their lucrative market..