In today’s compilation of notable Canadian NHL team news: An update on Ales Hemsky, Marco Sturm struggling, Leafs being cautious about their hot start, the reasons for the early struggles of the Flames, Senators and Jets, and Max Pacioretty gives back to the Montreal community.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ales Hemsky should return from his recent shoulder soreness in about two weeks. Hemsky had to leave a recent game complaining of lingering soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good to hear Hemsky’s recent shoulder woes won’t sideline him long-term, but there will continue to be lingering questions over its status throughout this season.
VANCOUVER SUN: Marco Sturm is struggling to regain his form following his first five games with the Canucks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sturm has a lengthy injury history and I fear the years of wear and tear have finally caught up to him.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs claim to have learned from their hot start of a year ago and intend to avoid making the mistakes which led to their downfall back then.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Being better prepared mentally will help, but there remains a real concern over their offensive depth this season, one which management is believed actively seeking to address.
CALGARY HERALD: Inconsistency, low shot output, giveaways, low faceoff win percentage, too many goals-against and five-on-five goal differential have contributed to the Flames 1-3 start to the season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Consistency has also been an issue for the Senators.
WINNIPEG SUN: Lackluster play, especially on defense, and lousy special teams are contributing to the Jets winless start.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames can improve with a more consistent effort. As for the Senators, they’re in the midst of a major rebuild so it’s going to take time for this team to improve, and it probably won’t happen this season. The Jets, meanwhile, are a puzzlement to me, as I honestly believe they’ve got the talent to be a much better team than they’ve been so far this season. Perhaps the problem is adjusting to their new coaching staff?
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Max Pacioretty will be the face of the campaign of the Montreal General Hospital in its efforts to purchase a new MRI machine. Pacioretty credits the response he received from the hospital’s triage unit in his quick recovery from serious neck and head injuries which brought his 2010-11 season to a sudden end.