Mike Cammalleri lashes out against Canadiens poor performance…Leafs GM responds to poll voting Dion Phaneuf “most over-rated”…Erik Karlsson to return to Senators Thursday…Flames Curtis Glencross red hot…David Booth feeling pressured to return…Time for the Oilers reclusive owner to speak up…Jets coach wants his team to mimic elite clubs.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri spoke out about his team’s poor performance this season, saying they were playing like losers, whilst grumbling over his own reduction in playing time and the recent treatment he’s received from Canadiens fans.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Cammalleri in the rumor section. Cammalleri has been inconsistent this season, leading to speculation he might be nursing a lingering injury. Whatever the reason, his comments are only going to stir up more controversy as the Canadiens season continues to slip away.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke had harsh words for players who voted Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf “most over-rated”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My reaction to this on Twitter (I felt Burke over-reacted to a question about a silly poll) led to several indignant responses from Leafs fans defending his comments. Guess we know who Burke’s comments were truly meant for, as Leafs Nation showers Burke with huzzahs for “sticking up for his captain”. Nicely played, sir.
OTTAWA SUN: Defenseman Erik Karlsson is expected to return to the Senators lineup tonight against the NY Rangers.
CALGARY HERALD: A number of factors (maturity, new contract, second season playing with Olli Jokinen, more responsibility) may be behind Curtis Glencross’s new-found offensive consistency.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Glencross must maintain that consistency if the Flames hope to make the playoffs this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks winger David Booth may be feeling the pressure from the coaching staff to return from a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so, it’s a stupid move, rushing a player back before he’s fully healed. What’s better? Booth not fully recovered, susceptible to another, potentially season-ending knee injury? Or Booth taking a little more time to heal up properly, returning healthy and ready to go for the rest of the season and the playoffs, when you’ll need him the most?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson called out reclusive Oilers owner Daryl Katz to publicly speak about his opinion on the team’s performance, and that of his GM and head coach.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel wants his team to mimic the effort of elite clubs.