In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks Henrik Sedin feels lingering effects from hit from behind in recent Blue Jackets game…Phil Kessel’s trademark snapshot…Evander Kane singled out to step up for Jets…Flames need to get a win…Lars Eller set to return for Habs…Nikita Filatov still a work in progress for Senators…Update on new arena talks for Edmonton.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks star forward Henrik Sedin claims he’s “ok” after suffering a charlie horse when hit into the board from behind by Columbus’ Marc Methot in a recent game. Methot wasn’t suspended for the play, and Sedin is still feeling stiffness and soreness in his leg, though he expects to be in the Canucks lineup for their next game on Friday.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully for Henrik this won’t turn into something which hobbles him early in the season. He’s fortunate it wasn’t a more serious injury.
TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel’s trademark snapshot continues to earn him praise and is his most lethal offensive weapon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs can ever find him a top play-making center, he could notch between 40-50 goals per season with that snapshot.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets head coach Claude Noel wasn’t impressed with Evander Kane’s performance in the club’s home-opening loss on Sunday to Montreal, and will be expecting better of the young winger in their next game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The entire team played lousy, but by singling out Kane, Noel appears hoping he’ll elevate his game and lead by example.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak believes the Flames, down 0-2 this season, will need a much better team effort if they’re to snap their skid in their next game on Thursday against Montreal.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens forward Lars Eller has returned from a shoulder injury and will make his season debut on Thursday against the Flames.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Habs, who recently lost Mike Cammalleri for one to two weeks to a cut leg.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators made Nikita Filatov a healthy scratch in their home opener against Minnesota after he failed to score in his first two games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not the kind of start he or the Senators were hoping for this season. If he fails to stick with the Senators, his chances for an NHL career could be finished.
EDMONTON SUN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has imposed a media blackout on negotiations between the Oilers and the city of Edmonton regarding a new arena, though both parties claimed they wanted to get a deal worked out before the October 31st deadline prior to the blackout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Bettman can help the two sides find the common ground necessary to work through the sticking points and get this done.