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THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Can Morgan Rielly step up this season on the Maple Leafs blueline?
TSN.CA: New Maple Leafs defenseman Stephane Robidas (leg fracture) is not yet cleared for contact, but he expects to be ready when the season opens on October 8.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reilly’s performance and Robidas’ health aren’t the only issue facing the Maple Leafs defense corps this season. All eyes will also be upon captain Dion Phaneuf, Jake Gardiner and Cody Franson, as well as the club’s overall defensive play.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks offensive game once again rests upon the aging Sedin Twins.
SPORTSNET.CA: Becoming captain of the Montreal Canadiens would be a dream come true for Max Pacioretty.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other candidates for the Habs captaincy include Tomas Plekanec, Andrei Markov and P.K. Subban.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson, recently re-signed to a new contract, is glad to return. He claims he has a good relationship with backup Robin Lehner.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators goaltending performance could be key to their playoff hopes this season.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Can Jeff Petry and Mark Fayne get the job done as the Oilers top blueline pairing?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s one of the many question facing the Oilers this season, who hope to end their lengthy playoff drought.
CALGARY HERALD: Pavel Padakin has received an invitation to the Calgary Flames rookie camp after rebels looted and burned the arena of his KHL team in Ukraine.