The Oilers fall to the Blues, the Flames come under fire for the Ryan O’Reilly fiasco, plus the latest on Kevin Bieksa, Kyle Turris and more.
STLTODAY.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead as the St. Louis Blues rallied for a 4-2 victory. It was the Blues sixth straight win over the Oilers, who lost forward Taylor Hall was forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury.
CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis wonders if heads could roll in the Flames front office after it was revealed yesterday the club could’ve lost Ryan O’Reilly to waivers had their efforts to sign him to an offer sheet been successful. O’Reilly played two games in the KHL following the NHL lockout, meaning he would’ve had to pass through waivers before joining the Flames, who would’ve paid the Colorado Avalanche a first and third round pick as compensation if the Avs hadn’t matched the offer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames weren’t the only ones unaware of O’Reilly’s two KHL games, as apparently neither O’Reilly’s agent, the Avalanche or even the league was aware of it at the time. Flames GM Jay Feaster is downplaying this because the Avalanche matched the offer, but it was a near-fatal blunder on his part, and is being cited by his critics as a prime example why the Flames need a change in management.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley on why the Maple Leafs have so far been a model of consistency this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I do have some concerns over their defensive play of late, giving up nine goals in their last two games. Maybe just a short-term glitch.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Injured Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has returned to practice but his return to game action remains uncertain.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are hoping center Kyle Turris regains his scoring touch soon. Turris hasn’t scored in his last 17 games.
WINNIPEG SUN: Are the Jets for real this time?
LA PRESSE: Injured Canadiens forward Petteri Nokelainen returned to practice on Friday.