The Canucks slowly return to the ice… the Kings file a grievance against the Oilers…new Maple Leaf Matthew Lombardi almost ready to return to action… Bryan Little offers up insight into his Jets teammates…Habs prospect Aaron Palushaj waits in the wings…Young Senators prepare for round-robin rookie tournament.


VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre reports Canucks players are slowly returning to the ice following a very short summer break. MacIntyre wondered if the Canucks might be plagued by Stanley Cup Final hangover.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fans and pundits will be closely watching the Canucks start, looking for signs of mental or physical fatigue.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples reports LA Kings GM Dean Lombardi has finally filed a grievance against the Edmonton Oilers over the trade in which they sent Ryan Smyth back to the Oilers in exchange for Colin Fraser, whom the Kings claim is still recovering from injuries misdiagnosed by the Oilers medical staff. Staples doubts there’ll be any strong action taken against the Oilers, if any at all.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll come down to how the Oilers team doctors treated Fraser, and if their records indicate they treated him for his injuries to the best of their knowledge and skills, the Kings won’t have a leg to stand on.


TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran reports center Matthew Lombardi, acquired by the Maple Leafs from Nashville over the summer, has been declared free of concussion symptoms, but GM Brian Burke warns he could still miss the start of training camp, suggesting Lombardi still must build up his fitness level. Burke however said he was pleased with Lombardi’s progress.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Lombardi returns at some point this season, he could provide a significant boost to the Leafs depth at center.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reports Jets forward Bryan Little provided some insight into the makeup of the Jets players, claiming Eric Boulton was the biggest pranksters, Alexander Burmistrov the best dresser, Jim Slater the worst dresser, Dustin Byfuglien the toughest player and had the hardest shot, Zach Bogosian the best athlete and fastest skater, and Andrew Ladd the voice of reason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little was among the first Jets players to arrive in Winnipeg so it’s only natural he’ll be pumped for information about the team. So far, I’d say he’s made a positive first impression.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey reports Canadiens prospect forward Aaron Palushaj is hoping to make the Habs roster this season, having improved his conditioning over the summer. He’s also drawn inspiration from his former Hamilton teammates David Desharnais, Max Pacioretty and Ryan White, who were called up last season and earned roster spots on the team.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Palushaj will have his work cut out for him, as the Canadiens already have Brian Gionta, Erik Cole, Andrei Kostitsyn and White playing right wing.


OTTAWA SUN: reports young Senators prospects are gearing up for an upcoming rookie tournament, which will also feature prospects from the Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins and Toronto Maple Leafs.