Reaction among the seven NHL teams as the NHL gears up to return to action from the lockout.
NATIONAL POST: The Toronto Maple Leafs face plenty of questions post-lockout. The biggest is their goaltending, and if they stick with youngsters James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, or try to acquire Roberto Luongo from Vancouver.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s more “Luongo to Toronto” speculation over in the “Rumors” section, coming shortly.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks centre Ryan Kesler, still recovering from off-season shoulder and wrist surgerie, said there’s no timeline for his return to the lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks do shop Luongo in the near future, expect them to seek a decent center as part of the return.
TSN.CA: Re-signing defenseman P.K. Subban is the top priority for new Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin cannot re-sign Subban until the new CBA has been ratified, which could be as early as Tuesday, January 8. Once that’s done, I expect Bergevin won’t waste much time getting his best defenseman under contract.
WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe wonders what the Jets will look like when they hit the ice post-lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets enjoyed a honeymoon season with Winnipeg fans last season, but those fans will expect to see improvement this season.
CALGARY SUN: Flames president Ken King has issued an apology to Flames fans, and thanked them for their patience during the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder how many other NHL team presidents will follow King’s lead?
EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was happy with the performance of his young core players (Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz) on the club’s AHL farm team in Oklahoma City during the lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those players could be key to the Oilers improvement and possible contention for a playoff berth this season.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators will waste little time wooing back their fans.