Jason Spezza, Milan Michalek and Bobby Ryan work on their line chemistry, injuries sideline Joffrey Lupul and Colton Orr, Devan Dubnyk seeks a freash star, Andrei Markov not worried about his future, Ondrej Pavelec thrills family of cancer-stricken boy, and more.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Spezza and Michalek can stay healthy this season, they could form a lethal first line with Ryan.
TORONTO SUN: Back spasms waylaid Maple Leafs forward Joffrey Lupul and a bone bruise sidelined Colton Orr.
SPORTSNET: Mason Raymond has a good shot of making the Maple Leafs. GM Dave Nonis said he’ll do the necessary roster juggling to fit Raymond in under the salary cap if he earns a roster spot.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries could play a part in making room for Raymond. Otherwise, the Leafs will have to trade, waive or demote a player to make cap space for him.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers defense over the past couple of seasons didn’t do Dubnyk any favors. Hopefully, that won’t be as much of an issue for him this season.
TVA SPORTS: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is entering the final season of his contract, but isn’t dwelling on the possibility this season could be his last with the Habs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Injuries have significantly hampered Markov in recent years, while P.K. Subban has supplanted him as the Canadiens best defenseman. He’ll have to accept less money on a shorter term if he hopes to remain a Hab.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec took time following yesterday’s practice to visit with young cancer patient Justin Neudorf and his family.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Always heartening to see a pro athlete genuinely willing to spend time with sick children. Best wishes to Neudorf in his recovery. Stay strong, young man!
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: It remains to be seen if the Canucks will still find new head coach John Tortorella a breath of fresh air later in the season.
CALGARY SUN: Flames players are determined not to finish in the bottom of the standings this season.