Roberto Luongo hoping to rejoin the NHL’s elite goaltenders, Jonathan Bernier stars in Leafs win over Flyers, George Parros released from hospital, and much more.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo, returning as the Canucks starting goalie, hopes to rejoin the league’s elite netminders this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Luongo is merely “good” this season, he should backstop the Canucks into a playoff berth. He will have to be stellar, however, if the Canucks are to have a realistic shot at a lengthy playoff run.
TORONTO STAR: Jonathan Bernier starred in his debut with the Maple Leafs, turning aside 31 shots as the Leafs downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. Fellow Leafs newcomer Dave Bolland scored two of Toronto’s three goals.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, the Leafs having two good, young goalie jockeying for the starter’s role is a problem they wanna have. Hopefully, it doesn’t turn into a goaltending controversy. So far, so good.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens enforcer George Parros was released from a Montreal hospital but remains sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. Parros was injured during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr when the duo tumbled awkwardly to the ice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thankfully Parros wasn’t more seriously injured, though a concussion is no minor injury. Hopefully he makes a quick recovery.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators enforcer Chris Neil claims he hasn’t suffered many injuries from fighting. The worst was a broken jaw though he didn’t miss a game because of the injury. His two missing front teeth, however, aren’t the result of a fight but a collision with a crossbar when he was 16.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait suggests Jets rookie Jacob Trouba made an early bid for the Calder Trophy with his strong debut.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoa, there! Sure, Trouba’s debut was impressive, and maybe he will become a Calder candidate this season, but let’s not start talking about an early bid for the award based on a season-opening game. It’s also possible the kid could flame out at midseason. Keep the expectations realistic.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames goalie Karri Ramo is anxious for a fresh start in his return to the NHL after four seasons.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was pleased with the gritty performance of Jesse Joensuu in the club’s season-opener.