Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler on the status of their recovery from last season’s injuries, Don Cherry is looking forward to the Winnipeg Jets home opener this season, and Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney is getting sick of not player due to injuries.


VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Gordon McIntyre reports Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson isn’t feeling any lingering after-effects from  abductor-tendon and sports hernia surgeries in May, and looked good during skating drills on Monday. McIntyre also reported Canucks defenseman Alex Edler suffered two broken fingers during the Stanley Cup Final against Boston, one of which hasn’t fully healed yet.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if either player will be ready for the Canucks season opener, though it sounds good for Samuelsson’s return.


WINNIPEG SUN: Kirk Penton reports Don Cherry is fired up about being in Winnipeg for the Jets home opener on Sunday, October 9th. Cherry also said he’ll bring along a small picture of The Queen, in memory of the giant portrait which used to hang in the old Winnipeg Arena.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’m more interested in what weird-ass sports jacket  Cherry will be wearing for the debut…


EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reports Oilers defenseman Ryan Whitney injured his surgically repaired right foot at a summer conditioning camp, but remains intent on making the Oilers main camp in just over two weeks.  He also expressed his frustration over being laid up for so long (eight months) to injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will be hoping Whitney, who logs big minutes as their top defenseman, will be fully recovered and ready to go when the season opens in October.