Maple Leafs won’t replace Wilson with Carlyle behind the bench…Looking at the decline of the Ducks and Senators since their 2007 Cup Final series…Doan receives standing “O” from Winnipeg fans…Another delay in Andrei Markov’s return?…Mason Raymond’s return to Canucks delayed…Flames fall to Blue Jackets in shootout…Oilers sense a difference this season.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke was quick to dismiss speculation he might replace coach Ron Wilson with Randy Carlyle, who coached the Anaheim Ducks when Burke was their GM.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke might not replace during the season, but in the off-season, perhaps, if the Leafs fail to make the playoffs.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan examines the decline of the Senators and Ducks since the two clubs clashed in the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s incredible to see how these two teams declined so quickly since that high water mark nearly five years ago. Some of that can be blamed on mismanagement, the rest on the salary cap, which was supposedly designed to help teams like the Ducks and Senators.
WINNIPEG SUN: Winnipeg fans took a time out in the first period from booing the Phoenix Coyotes every time they touched the puck to give former Winnipeg Jet Shane Doan a standing ovation. Doan is the last player still remaining on the original Jets which moved to Phoenix in 1996. The New Jets beat the Old Jets 1-0.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov didn’t follow the team to San Jose yesterday, staying in Anaheim to meet with a doctor regarding his surgically repaired knee.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Habs fans are wondering if Markov will ever play again, and if he does, will he stay healthy? The guy seems as fragile as a china doll right now.
VANCOUVER SUN: Mason Raymond’s return to the Canucks has been delayed because the team missed the deadline for filing the necessary paperwork with the league reactivating him. He’ll make his debut Sunday against Calgary.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Somebody in the Canucks office will be getting a talking to!
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames lost to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a shootout by a score of 4-3.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers can sense a difference this season compared to recent ones, as they feel now they have a chance to win every night.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Their depth in talent has considerably improved this season. They still have areas in need of improvement, and making the playoffs isn’t a sure thing, but for the first time in a long time, they’re icing a decent team, one which should continue to improve in the coming years.