NHL expansion to Toronto an expensive idea, updates on Robin Lehner, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd and Lance Bouma, plus the latest on the Canucks and Canadiens.
TORONTO STAR: Josh Rubin explains why placing an NHL expansion club in Toronto would be an expensive notion, largely because the Maple Leafs would want considerably more than their share of expansion fees to bless such a plan.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Rubin notes, the Leafs have fought tooth and nail for years to prevent another franchise setting up shop in Southern Ontario, which is the Leafs’ backyard. They’ll want considerable compensation for any potentially lost revenue. Besides, such a move appears remote. A plan to construct an arena in Markham, Ontario was shot down by city council.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Robin Lehner dismisses the notion there will be a goaltender controversy between himself and Craig Anderson, who was recently re-signed.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Lehner should take over as starting goalie this season I can see the Senators shopping Anderson next summer and bringing in an experienced backup.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have different styles but similar success with scoring-chance shots.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd dismisses pessimism over his club’s chances this season.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames signed Lance Bouma to a one-year, one-way contract.
THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE: 10 reasons things are looking up for the Canucks entering this season.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens remain legally able to sell beer at the Bell Centre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Habs want to sell overpriced, watered-down beer to fans willing to drink it they should have that right.