Latest news on the Maple Leafs, Senators and Jets, plus updates on Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and David Booth.
TORONTO SUN: Once the NHL lockout is over, Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will face considerably pressure to win.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the latest from a series of columns commemorating Burke’s four years as Leafs GM. At this point, Leafs fans just want a team that can make the playoffs regularly.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators season ticket holders are weighing their options as the lockout drags on.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some, like the pair highlighted in this story, will return their tickets and demand refunds. Most will retain their tickets and come back when the Senators finally return to action. We hockey fans are like junkies, we just can’t help ourselves. Most of those who walk away will eventually return. Fans aren’t happy with this lockout, but I still get the sense we haven’t reached the tipping point yet, which is why the league knows it can continue this lockout without seriously damaging its fan base.
WINNIPEG SUN: Attempting a fan boycott of the Jets home opener following the lockout is a hard sell.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’d call it an impossibility.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who’s been spending the lockout playing for the club’s AHL team in Oklahoma City, is hoping to suit up for Team Canada later this month in the World Junior Hockey Championship. Nugent-Hopkins is currently in Edmonton getting an MRI on his shoulder.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks forward David Booth has been balancing his training schedule with his passion for hunting during the lockout.