Phil Kessel suspended for remainder of the preseason, updates on Mike Cammalleri and Daniel Briere, plus the latest on the Jets, Oilers, Canucks and Senators.
THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Despite a solid effort from goalie James Reimer, the Toronto Maple Leafs dropped a 3-2 decision to the undermanned Ottawa Senators.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel was suspended for the remainder of the preseason (three games) for slashing Buffalo Sabres enforcer John Scott during the recent brawl between the two clubs. David Clarkson, who received a ten-game regular season suspension for leaving the Leafs bench to rush to Kessel’s aid, will not appeal his suspension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel’s previously clean rap sheet plus the fact he’s among the league’s top scorers undoubtedly factored into that decision.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Role players like Zack Smith and Chris Neil have become tough, reliable investments for the Senators.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The San Jose Sharks blanked the Canucks 5-0.
CALGARY SUN: Despite the possibility Mike Cammalleri could be shopped at this season’s trade deadline, he’s still looking forward to putting up better numbers with the club this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri’s s currently in the final season of his contract and the cap hit ($6 million) and injury history makes him tough to move early in the season. If Cammalleri can stay healthy and post up good numbers he’ll fetch the rebuilding Flames a nice return by the March 5 trade deadline.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: New Hab Daniel Briere is feeling comfortable with new linemates Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais, seeing time on the Canadiens first power-play unit.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Briere can stay healthy this season he could become a significant contributor to the Canadiens offensive attack. So far the preseason reviews have been positive.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have placed winger Linus Omark on waivers with the intent of demoting him to their AHL affiliate in Oklahoma City. They’ve also sent 2013 first round pick Darnell Nurse back to his junior team.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nurse was reportedly upset over this, having seen considerable preseason playing time. Nurse has a promising future, but another season in Junior should do him good. The Oilers had to be careful not to rush him before he was ready.