In today’s compilation of notable Canadian NHL team news: Sloppy play spoils the Jets home opener…Canadiens lose two more players to injury…Ryan Smyth praises young Oilers…Marco Sturm hoping to improve…The Senators have issues to address…Flames Chris Butler returns home to St. Louis to face the Blues…Maple Leafs head to CFB Trenton for training.
WINNIPEG SUN: Sloppy play, rather than emotion, was the undoing of the Jets in their disappointing 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens during Sunday’s home opener at the MTS Centre.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are capable of a better effort. Perhaps they were overwhelmed by the emotion of the day.
TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri left yesterday’s Canadiens-Jets game due to a cut on his leg which could sideline him for at least two weeks.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs also lost Jaroslav Spacek to an upper body injury in the same game, though apparently he’s not expected to miss much time. For those keeping score at home, that Cammalleri, Spacek, Chris Campoli and Andrei Markov currently sidelined.
EDMONTON SUN: Veteran Ryan Smyth singled out young teammates Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for their efforts in the Oilers 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Veteran forward Marco Sturm is asking for Canucks fans to be patient as he adjusts to his new team, linemates and system, vowing he’ll get better.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators need to regroup and address their defensive shortcomings in their upcoming game against the Minnesota Wild.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: They did a good job coming back against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 6-5 loss on Saturday, but they can’t keep playing come-from-behind hockey all season long.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames defenseman and St.Louis native Chris Butler is excited about returning home today to face off against the Blues.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will spend the next three days at CFB Trenton practicing and engaging in team-building exercises using the base’s facilities.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should be a treat for the military personnel and their families. Good on the Leafs to foster links to the military community.