Oilers down the Canucks in preseason play, plus the latest on Bobby Ryan, Andrei Markov, Joffrey Lupul, David Booth and more.
EDMONTON SUN: Jordan Eberle and David Perron scored while Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves as the Edmonton Oilers downed the Vancouver Canucks 4-1 during preseason play on Wednesday.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators winger Bobby Ryan claims his feud with Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle during their days with the Anaheim Ducks was “overblown”. Ryan also took some responsibility for it, saying he could have handled situations better, and acknowledged Carlyle’s contribution to his development as a player. Carlyle also took the high road, calling Ryan a “very talented young player”.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan has shown a measure of maturity since his arrival in Ottawa which was missing during his days with the Ducks.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov is entering his 13th season with the club, which could also be his last. Markov is eligible for UFA status next summer, and while his wish is to remain with the Canadiens, he said he’ll leave that up to team management and his agent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov’s performance will of course play a significant part in his future with the Habs. His age (34) and history of knee injuries will also be a concern.
TORONTO STAR: Forward Joffrey Lupul makes his first appearance in Maple Leafs training camp after being sidelined by back spasms.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Oft-injured winger David Booth hopes for a healthier season, believing he can “be a force” for the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The odds seem against it. Injuries have significantly hampered Booth’s performance since his 31-goal, 60-point effort in 2008-09.
CALGARY HERALD: Highly-touted Flames prospect Sean Monahan survived the club’s first round of training camp cuts.