Colby Armstrong hopes for a healthy, productive season with the Leafs…Damping down optimistic predictions of the Oilers overtaking the Flames this season…A fascinating video of a 1932 Canadiens-Leafs game.


TORONTO STAR: Bob Mitchell reports staying healthy tops the list of personal goals for oft-injured Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong this season. Mitchell noted the Leafs had a winning record last season with Armstrong in the lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Armstrong is one of those energetic, physical forwards who can provide a much-needed boost to a lineup. If he can play more than 70 games this season, he could be a strong contributor to the Leafs this season.


EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples admitted he was among the majority in a recent poll who believed the Oilers would overtake the Calgary Flames next season, rather than this one, though he suggested the odds could improve if the Flames were to be hit by injuries and the Oilers stayed healthy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe at this point Oilers fans are realistic about their team’s chances this season, and while not expecting a playoff berth, or overtaking the Flames, want to see signs of improvement this season. In other words, if they finish between 10th -12th overall, and are competitive on most nights, they’ll accept that.


MONTREAL GAZETTE: Mike Boone posted on the “Hockey Inside Out” blog a fascinating piece of hockey history, highlights of a 1932 match-up between the Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. The game ended in a tie, but what’s noteworthy is it features a goal by the great Howie Morenz, the first Canadiens superstar, plus is narrated by legendary broadcaster Foster Hewitt.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For a history buff like me, this is wonderful footage. Check out the video: Canadiens-Leafs 1932