Injuries mounting for the Senators in preseason, Brian Gionta ready for the start of the season, the Leafs goalie battle is too close to call, David Perron is lighting it up in preseason for the Oilers, Team Canada’s Olympic jersey’s may have been leaked, and much more.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators entered Wednesday’s preseason tilt against the Montreal Canadiens missing Jason Spezza and Craig Anderson, and left the game (a 5-2 Senators win) with Bobby Ryan, Erik Karlsson, Patrick Wiercioch and Erik Condra banged up.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza’s and Anderson’s absence were precautionary, while Ryan, Karlsson, Wiercioch and Condra aren’t expected to miss any time. Still, for a Senators team which last season battled through a rash of injuries to several key players, the health of the roster remains a concern this season.
LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens captain Brian Gionta will return to action on Thursday (tonight) when the Canadiens (in their final preseason game) face off against the Ottawa Senators. Gionta underwent biceps surgery during the off-season.
TORONTO SUN: Preseason has seemingly resolved little as James Reimer and Jonathan Bernier jockey for the role of Maple Leafs starting goaltender.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Competition between two talented, healthy, hungry young goaltenders is the kind of problem a team wants to have.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: New Oilers forward David Perron has lit it up in the preseason with five goals and an assist in four games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can carry that over into the regular season the Oilers offense could be lethal.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former NY Rangers turned Canucks coach John Tortorella will face off against his old team, coached by former Canucks bench boss Alain Vigneault, as the two clubs square off tonight in New York.
CALGARY HERALD: A middling preseason could prove costly to Sven Baertschi’s hopes of becoming a Flames regular this season.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets are still determining their final roster for the regular season.
CBC.CA: Has Team Canada’s three jerseys for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics been leaked?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A better question is why anyone really gives a damn.