Canucks deal with the news of the death of Pavol Demitra…Crash hits Ryan Smyth hard…Colby Armstrong delivers tickets to long-time Leafs fans…One of the Jets can relate to Sidney Crosby’s situation.


VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson reports the Canucks are reeling from the news their former teammate, Pavol Demitra, was among those who perished in the plane crash in Russia which killed all but one member of KHL team Lokomotiv Yaroslavl.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second time in three weeks a former Canuck has passed away. Rick Rypien was found dead in his Alberta home in August.


EDMONTON SUN: Derek Van Diest reports Oilers forward Ryan Smyth was shocked by the news of yesterday’s plane crash, which killed two of his former teammates. Smyth played with Karlis Skrastins and Ruslan Salei while with the Colorado Avalanche, while Brad McCrimmon played with Smyth’s older brother.


TORONTO SUN: Kevin Connor reports Maple Leafs forward Colby Armstrong hand-delivered season tickets yesterday to Jean and Bart Wassmansdorf, whose family has had the same season tickets since 1937.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think it’s a nice touch to have player deliver season tickets to long-time fans. It’s good promotion, and allows for interaction between the players and their fans.


WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait reports Jets forward Jim Slater can relate to Sidney Crosby’s lengthy recovery from concussion, having finally recovered from one he suffered last December, which sidelined him for the second half of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe the NHL should consider putting together a support group of current and former players who’ve suffered from concussion, who can both assist players currently sidelined by the injury, and inform the league what treatments worked best for them in their respective recoveries.