Ryan Kesler undergoes hip surgery, more chatter over the Jets new logo, a look at the Senators proposed heritage jersey, Leafs defenseman Matt Lashoff on what he does to stay focused on the game , and the Calgary Flames hire a new team president for their AHL affiliate.


VANCOUVER SUN: Ian Walker reports Canucks center Ryan Kesler underwent hip labral surgery on July 25th, will need ten-twelve weeks to recover, and could miss the start of the upcoming season. Walker also noted this means the Canucks could start the season with two-thirds of their second line sidelined, as Mason Raymond is still recovering from a fractured vertebrae, while winger Mikael Samuelsson and defenseman Dan Hamhuis are also recovering from serious injuries. This could open up opportunities for young players like Cody Hodgson to step up.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kesler and the Canucks had hoped surgery could be avoided but six weeks following the end of the playoffs there had been no improvement, which explains why he underwent the procedure when he did. 


WINNIPEG SUN: Greg Dicrese reports there’s some debate among Jets fans over the meaning of the “primary mark” on the Jets new logo.

“At last count, there are at least five schools of thought battling it out to define what the “mark” of the Jets means:

1. Pro-military.

2. Pro-peace.

3. Pro-serious.

4. Pro-fun.

5. The Great Curling Conspiracy.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My theory? Too many folks have too much time on their hands this summer. 


OTTAWA SUN: reports the Senators new heritage uniform has been leaked and gone viral, resembling the “barber pole” style of the Ottawa ’67s.



TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran reports defenseman Matt Lashoff enjoys playing guitar, which helps calm him down and keeps him focused on the game. He released a collection of tunes via his website and iTunes, but is also focusing on making the Maple Leafs as a regular this season, though he’ll have his job cut out for him with the club’s additions of John-Michael Liles and Cody Franson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the hockey career doesn’t pan out, perhaps he has a future in music.


CALGARY SUN: reports the Flames have hired Ryan Walter as head coach team presidentof their AHL affiliate in Abbotsford, BC. (thanks for the correction, “Jim Shorts”.)