Leafs split up Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul…What’s wrong with Vancouver’s second line?…Flames Curtis Glencross to have knee examined…Jets poised for another second half swoon?…Senators’ Peter Regin’s season is over…Oilers believe injuries due to bad luck…Canadiens Carey Price still hopeful of making the playoffs.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs have split up Phil Kessel and Joffrey Lupul in hopes of bolstering their production elsewhere.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks second line is struggling, as Ryan Kesler tries to regain his form, Chris Higgins plays through energy-draining antibiotics, and David Booth is only two games returned from a knee injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If things don’t improve over the next three or four weeks, that could push management to seek help via the trade market.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames forward and leading goalscorer Curtis Glencross has returned to Calgary to have his knee examined.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If it’s serious and sidelines Glencross for a lengthy period, it’ll be a serious blow to their offense, as well as their playoff hopes.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are starting to struggle, raising concerns they’re about to suffer a second half swoon similar to that of last season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s also given rise to suggestions the club will become “sellers” at the trade deadline. Check out my Rumors page for details.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators report center Peter Regin’s season is over due to a nagging shoulder injury.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers lengthy string of injuries is chalked up to “bad luck”, but they aren’t using it as an excuse for their poor performance.
LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens goalie Carey Price remains hopeful his club can still make the playoffs, but in the wake of their recent loss, said the time to start turning things around is now.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I applaud Price’s optimism, but it’s not looking good for a second half comeback for Montreal.