Pondering how to fix the Maple Leafs, no expectations of the Jets spending like the Wild, size wasn’t a problem for the Oilers defense, and Francis Bouillon happy to return to Montreal.


Improving the Leafs a vexing problem.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle recently pondered how to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs, and finds it’s not going to be easy.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The biggest problem area is between the pipes, and if that isn’t suitably address, the Leafs won’t have a prayer of making the playoffs.

WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen tells Jets fans not to expect their club to get into the bidding for big name UFAs for the foreseeable future, but of course you knew that already.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The signings of Jokinen and Ponikarovsky at least suggest Jets management won’t just sit on the wallets during free agency, but no, they’re not going to chase big name talent, at least not for a few years.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis reveals the Oilers had the fourth-biggest defense in the NHL last season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Willis points out, however, size isn’t enough if there isn’t sufficient skill to go with it. In other words, tt’s not how big your blueline is, it’s how well it performs that matters.

CANOE.CA: Defenseman Francis Bouillon is thrilled to be returning to Montreal. The Canadiens signed Bouillon as a free agent last week.