Maple Leafs edge the Devils, Jets blank the Predators, Flames fall to the Avalanche, reaction to the Oilers recent moves, explaining P.K. Subban’s decreased ice time, plus the latest on Robin Lehner and Brad Richardson.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That goal was just one example why the Leafs paid so much to keep Kessel in the lineup for the next eight years.
WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal of the season and Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves as the Jets blanked the Nashville Predators 5-0.
CALGARY HERALD: Despite a strong effort by the line of Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund, the Flames fell 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche, whose record is now 13-2-0.
EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones tries to find the good in yesterday’s moves (signing Ilya Bryzgalov, shipping Ladislav Smid to Calgary) by the Oilers.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey attempts to explain Canadiens coach Michel Therrien handling this season of Norris-winning defenseman P.K. Subban.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hickey makes good points, but that’s not going to calm Habs fans fearful Therrien could drive Subban out of Montreal, or stop some pundits from suggesting this is a conspiracy tied to Subban’s upcoming contract negotiations.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Robin Lehner is pushing Craig Anderson for the starting goalie role with the Senators.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: By next summer the Senators could reach a crucial point with their goalies. While Lehner acknowledges Anderson as the starter, he’s making the case to become a starting goaltender. That could force management to choose between one or the other in the near future.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Versatile forward Brad Richardson has proven to be a solid addition to the Canucks this season.