Senators owner’s All-Star dream comes true…Brian Gionta hopes to return to Habs this season…Cody Hodgson proves his worth…Analysis of the Jets…Flames want to relax and unwind during All-Star Break…Oilers welcome All-Star break.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is looking forward to hosting this weekend’s All-Star festivities in Ottawa.
LA PRESSE: Canadiens captain Brian Gionta is hoping to recover from a biceps injury to return to action before the end of the season.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cody Hodgson has proved his worth.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Seems to me there’s been a number of these kind of articles in the Vancouver media this season about Hodgson. Not surprising, given the concern earlier in his career if he would ever pan out as an NHL player. Good to see him getting the recognition he deserves.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are long on character, short on talent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Will that character be enough to overcome the shortfall of talent and propel the Jets into the playoffs, or will they suffer another second half swoon?
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames are looking forward to relaxing during the All-Star break.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the pressure on the players to reach the playoffs this season, I can’t say I blame them for taking a well-deserved break from the NHL grind.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers are hoping their positive play in a shootout win over San Jose and a shootout loss to Vancouver prior to the All-Star break will carry over when play resumes again.