Leafs still lack secondary scoring…Kyle Turris prepares for return to Phoenix…A call for Carey Price to prove his worth…No Jets at this year’s All-Star Game…Jay Bouwmeester’s improving offense…Alex Hemsky receives rare match penalty…Keith Ballard, Chris Higgins and Sami Salo display Canucks toughness.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs lack of secondary scoring is a major issue which threatens their playoff hopes.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s why there’s rising expectation Leafs GM Brian Burke will pull the trigger on a major trade very, very soon.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Kyle Turris is bracing for his return to Phoenix, when he faces his former team for the first time tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He can expect a frosty reception from Coyotes fans, but to Turris’ credit, he has handled this situation well, praising his former team whilst saying his reason for wanting to be dealt was he just felt he wasn’t a good fit there.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Marc De Foy believes the time has come for Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price to “prove his worth”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not for Price, the Canadiens would be in a deeper hole than they currently are.There’s been games this season where he could’ve played better, but overall the problem lies with the team in front of him.
WINNIPEG SUN: The NHL is missing a great opportunity to showcase the “feel-good” story of the year by not having any Jets players selected to this year’s All-Star Game. Dustin Byfuglien was slated to attend but he’s out with an injury, and no other Jet was selected to go.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The team isn’t making an issue out of this, which goes to show they’d rather rest all their players than have any one of them participating in this waste of time known as the All-Star Game.
CALGARY SUN: Flames defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has stepped up offensively of late, with two goals and seven point in his last seven games.
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers forward Ales Hemsky was ejected from last night’s Oilers-San Jose Sharks game for a knee-on-knee hit with Sharks defenseman Brent Burns. Both players considered the incident an accident.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Keith Ballard, Chris Higgins and Sami Salo are proving the Canucks are tougher than their detractors give them credit.