A look back at Flames GM Jay Feaster’s busy summer…Jets players finding adequate housing in Winnipeg hard to find…How much playing time will Devan Dubnyk get this season with the Oilers?…A top six forward spot is open on the Canucks…Senators goalie Lehner looks good in opening game of rookie tournament.
CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak looks at Flames GM Jay Feaster’s busy summer, which included trading away Robyn Regehr and Daymond Langkow, re-signing UFAs like Alex Tanguay and Curtis Glencross, a failed attempt to sign UFA center Brad Richards, restocking the club’s prospect depth, and freeing up salary cap space for possible roster additions during the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Despite this, the impression of the Flames entering this season is it is pretty much the same team. As the old saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither is a hockey team rebuilt in one summer. While it may not appears that he’s made many changes, it’s apparent Feaster has already begun putting his stamp on this team.
TORONTO STAR: Mark Zwolinski reports members of the Winnipeg Jets are finding high-end housing difficult to find.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though these players will be living in slums, and as one real estate agent noted, all the players will find what they’re seeking eventually. Still, this could become a possible issue down the road if the Jets should have difficulty attracting free agents to Winnipeg.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders how much playing time Oilers backup Devan Dubnyk will get this season, suggesting perhaps a fifty-fifty split with aging starter Nikolai Khabibulin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers goaltending is perhaps their biggest question mark heading into this season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson reports a top-six roster spot may be open on the Canucks roster with Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond sidelined for an indefinite period to start the season, which could provide an opportunity for a prospect like Bill Sweatt to make the club.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if any Canucks rookies or sophomores can step up and surprise by filling in that spot in the short term.
OTTAWA JOURNAL: Allen Panzeri reports promising netminder Robin Lehner shone as the Senators down the Pittsburgh Penguins 4-0 in the opening game of a four-game rookie tournament.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Lehner’s going to push hard for a roster spot this season, but with Craig Anderson the de facto starter and Alex Auld considered the backup, he’ll have to be outstanding in pre-season to avoid spending another season in the minors.