The Maple Leafs ship Joe Colborne to Calgary, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, Carey Price, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Edler and more.
TORONTO SUN/CALGARY SUN: The Maple Leafs last night dealt Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a conditional pick in 2014. Colborne struggled to crack the Maple Leafs, but comes recommended by former Leafs GM Brian Burke, who’s now the Flames president of hockey operations. Colborne is also a native of Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the short term, this move allows the Leafs to become cap compliant, giving them around $383K in cap space. I suspect this also means veteran blueliner John-Michael Liles won’t be demoted after all. For the rebuilding Flames, Colborne provides an extra measure of depth and size at center. Going to the Flames could provide him the opportunity to establish himself as an NHL center.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: A “minor” groin sprain will forces Senators captain Jason Spezza to miss his club’s final preseason game today against the NY Islanders.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No sense aggravating that injury on a meaningless game. It’s believed Spezza will be good to go for the Senators season opener later this week.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price says he enjoys working with the Habs new goalie coach Stephane Waite, who joined the club this summer following ten seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Waite is tasked with helping Price improve his performance consistency. if he’s successful, the Canadiens should be a lock for a playoff berth this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sidelined center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) is working toward a November 1 return date.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks blueliner Alexander Edler seems to be finding his groove with the club’s new coaching staff.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last season there was talk of Edler being traded, but if he’s rounding back into form under new head coach John Tortorella, it’s safe to say he won’t be moving.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are in no hurry to make their final roster cuts. The deadline for doing so is Monday afternoon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets fans will be waiting to see if center Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba make the cut this season.