The latest on the Oilers young stars in the AHL, an update on Jason Garrison, Senators players enjoying their Arctic tour, and the Canadiens owner remains optimistic over this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Young Oilers stars Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are tearing up the AHL with the Oklahoma City Barons.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: After a slow start to this season, the trio have adjusted to the AHL, and are playing very well of late.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison expects to be ready to play when the lockout ends. He’s currently working on improving the strength of his core muscles to treat his chronic groin problems.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators players like Chris Phillips and Chris Neil enjoyed their recent tour of Canadian northern communities.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens owner David Molson remains hopeful there will be NHL hockey this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: And that’s pretty much all he can say, lest he risk a heavy fine from the league commissioner. It’s interesting that the Canadian owners have so little representation at the CBA negotiating table. They can’t be pleased about the loss of revenue from this lockout, but only one Canadian team owner (Murray Edwards of the Calgary Flames) has regularly been involved in the negotiations. Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke has occasionally been in attendance, but he’s been rendered almost mute. One would think the Canadian teams, which draw a third of league revenue, would have more of a voice, especially the big market clubs. Goes to show they don’t hold much clout with the commissioner and his inner circle.