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COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Winning the Vezina Trophy is motivating Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to push for greater success.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky’s performance will be crucial in the Blue Jackets playoff hopes this season.
TAMPA BAY TIMES: The Lightning will announce its new team captain on October 1. Steven Stamkos and Martin St. Louis are considered the likely candidates.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both would be ideal captains. St. Louis has the experience, but Stamkos is the face of the franchise.
CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Blackhawks star defenseman Duncan Keith dropped the gloves with forward Ben Smith, who is hoping to earn a roster spot, during a scrimmage on Saturday. Both emerged unscathed from the dust-up.
DENVER POST: Avalanche teammates Gabriel Landeskog and Steve Downie hammered each other during a “spirited scrimmage” on Saturday. Both players missed time last season to injuries.
NORTHJERSEY.COM: NY Rangers captain Ryan Callahan says there’s a slim chance he could suit up for the Blueshirts season opener next month. Callahan is recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The worst thing Callahan can do is rush back before he’s fulled healed. I doubt he’ll be in the lineup in early October.
CSNBAYAREA: San Jose Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle hopes to re-sign a multi-year (two years?) contract extension. He’ll become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given Boyle’s age (37) perhaps it would be best to see how he plays this season before agreeing to a multi-year deal.
NEWSDAY: NY Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov has shrugged off his shaky performance in last spring’s playoffs and is looking forward to the upcoming season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Islanders playoff hopes could ultimately rest upon Nabokov’s performance this season.
PHILLY.COM: Simon Gagne is furious he didn’t get a contract offer from the Flyers, accusing management of stringing him along this summer.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gagne’s agent is now reportedly speaking with several teams in hopes of finding him a new club. His injury history and declining production, however, could make that a difficult task.
TSN.CA: The NHL has “reversed course” and will not review high-sticking penalties this season over concerns about goals scored on delayed penalties.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: The Sabres mark the beginning of a new era with its new coaching staff.