In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Daniel Alfredsson returns to the Senators lineup tonight…Leafs goalie James Reimer’s health improving…Jets forward Eric Fehr finally off LTIR…Flames Mikael Backlund returns to action tonight…Canucks powerplay powers them to victory over Kings…The Bruins defeat the Oilers…Josh Gorges with OT winner for Canadiens over Coyotes.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will return to the lineup tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sens are a better team with Alfredsson in the lineup, so it’s good news for them that his concussion symptoms have cleared so quickly.
TORONTO SUN: James Reimer’s agent said the young goalie is making progress in his recovery from concussion-like symptom, expressing confidence the Leafs were handling his client’s recovery properly. The Leafs were taken aback by concerns from Reimer’s mother over her son’s recovery, which were interpreted to suggest the Leafs were trying to hide the seriousness of his condition.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps Reimer or his agent or the Leafs should’ve spared a thought to his family, as they appeared as much in the dark over his status as everyone else.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have taken forward Eric Fehr off LTIR for a shoulder injury and has been cleared for contact.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could be at least a couple of weeks until he’s ready for game play.
CALGARY SUN: Center Mikael Backlund will return to the Flames lineup tonight against the Chicago Blackhawks, having recovered from a broken finger.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges’ first goal of the season was a big one, as it was the OT winner for the Canadiens over the Phoenix Coyotes 3-2.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks got power-play goals from Sami Salo and Andrew Ebbett en route to a 3-2 victory over the LA Kings.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks PP has been firing on all cylinders so far this season, ranking them second overall in that category.
EDMONTON SUN: The Boston Bruins continue to round back into championship form, defeating the Edmonton Oiler 6-3.