Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien found dead, The Hockey News season preview doesn’t rank the Senators and Oilers highly, Flames GM Jay Feaster believes his team will make the playoffs, and the high cost of attending a Montreal Canadiens this coming season.
WINNIPEG SUN: reports Jets forward Rick Rypien was found dead last night in his Alberta home. He was 27. Rypien signed with the Jets as an unrestricted free agent earlier this summer, and it has been revealed he’d been battling depression the past two years. His death was not ruled suspicious.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Depression is a crippling illness, and it appears that it may have finally taken its toll on Rypien. It’s sad, because Rypien was a well-respected scrapper, who had to battle his way into an NHL career. My condolences to his family and friends.
OTTAWA SENATORS, EDMONTON OILERS.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports The Hockey News season preview isn’t showing much love for the Ottawa Senators and Edmonton Oilers, predicting the two clubs will finish the 2011-12 season at the bottom of their respective conferences.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of course it remains to be seen where these two teams end up, but I believe the two teams won’t make the playoffs this season. The Oilers are still a young, rebuilding team, which have considerable questions about their goaltending, and I still believe their blueline needs improvement, while the Senators lack scoring punch beyond their first line, which features an aging Daniel Alfredsson, and the injury prone Jason Spezza and Milan Michalek.
CALGARY HERALD: Vicky Hall reports Flames GM Jay Feaster believes his roster for the upcoming season is a playoff contender. Feaster re-signed Alex Tanguay, Curtis Glencross, Brendan Morrison and Anton Babchuk, dealt away defenseman Robyn Regehr and Ales Kotalik to Buffalo for younger players (Chris Butler and Paul Byron), and replaced Regehr by signing veteran blueliner Scott Hannan to a one-year deal.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Question marks still dog the Flames, and they’re an aging roster, but if they can get off to a better start, they should be able to contend for one of the lower post-season berths in the conference. Once again, they’ll go as far as goalie Miikka Kiprusoff and captain Jarome Iginla can carry them.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone reported on the blog “Hockey Inside/Out” the cost of purchasing a “platinum” ticket for one of the “optimum” games on the Canadiens roster this season is a whopping $405.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I love the Habs, and if I could afford that price, I’d pay it…but I can’t afford that, and I daresay most of my readers can’t. That’s a helluva lotta money to plunk down for one game in the “platinum level”.