The latest on Roberto Luongo, P.K. Subban, and Zach Bogosian, plus updates on the Maple Leafs, Senators, Oilers and Flames.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo is expected to remain in Florida until the end of the week. Barring a trade, he’ll return to the Canucks training camp next week. Teammates Kevin Bieksa and Henrik Sedin expressed no problem with Luongo joining the club even though the uncertainty over his future with the club could create an awkward situation.
SPECTOR’S NOTE; Y’know, it seems to me the only people worried about Luongo’s presence creating a problem with the Canucks is the media. Luongo has been the consummate teammate throughout all of this, never badmouthing the organization or complaining about his lot, while his teammates – including Cory Schneider, who displaced Luongo as the Canucks starter – have rallied around him. If Luongo ends up playing this shortened season with the Canucks, I don’t believe anyone in the organization will have a problem with it.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: There’s concern over how contracts talks could go between the Canadiens and P.K. Subban. The perception among observers is the Habs front office doesn’t yet consider Subban as a franchise player as they do Carey Price, Josh Gorges and Max Pacioretty, whom they re-signed to long-term deals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Habs management truly feels that way, they’re a bunch of idiots. Anyone with functioning eyes can see Subban is a core player worth re-signing to a long-term extension. Canadiens fans have suffered through two decades of mismanagement, watching a seemingly steady parade of promising talent shipped out to other teams, where they go on to become stars. Hopefully, the same fate doesn’t await Subban. If it does, it’ll be yet another indication the Canadiens are run by idiots.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian’s return from wrist surgery remains unknown, though it’s hopeful he’ll be back sometime in February.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle defended young goalies
Josh James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, believing the club’s goaltending is “NHL quality”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expectation is the Leafs might try to acquire Roberto Luongo from Vancouver. That, however, is not a certainty. Wouldn’t surprise me if the Leafs start the season with Reimer and Scrivens to see how well they perform for a month, then evaluate week-by-week.
OTTAWA SUN: Robin Lehner will get his shot at cracking the Senators roster as Craig Anderson’s backup.
EDMONTON SUN: The bodog.com betting line has the Oilers (25-1) ahead of the 30-to-1 Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs, 40-to-1 Ottawa Senators and 50-to-1 Calgary Flames and Winnipeg Jets to win the Stanley Cup.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames center position got more muddied as Roman Cervenka is sidelined indefinitely by a blood clot.