The latest on Phil Kessel, Dustin Byfuglien and Johnny Gaudreau, latest on the Canadiens, Canucks and Senators, and an Oilers fan is fined for jersey tossing.
TORONTO SUN: Despite the trade rumors swirling about Phil Kessel, the Maple Leafs star insists he loves playing in Toronto and wants to stay put.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe the Leafs would be mad to trade Kessel, whose partial no-trade clause gives him some control over potential trade destinations. I’ll give Kessel credit, he’s not whining about the situation or demanding to be dealt. That he wants to stay in Toronto despite the media and fan scrutiny speaks to this character. And no, he didn’t do it solely for the money. Kessel would’ve received big bucks had he opted for free agency. He chose to stay in the Toronto and continue living a fishbowl existence.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets defenseman Dustin Byfuglien is enjoying himself joking with the media during the All-Star weekend in Columbus.
CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie Johnny Gaudreau will take part in the NHL All-Star skills competition but apparently won’t be taking part in the Game itself. It was assumed Gaudreau would be named to replace the sidelined Sidney Crosby.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Probably the owners or GMs of a few teams got their knickers in a twist over the possibility of Gaudreau filling in for Crosby when other players (like Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom) were snubbed.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Forget about the Canucks making quick-fix deals before the trade deadline. Team president Trevor Linden said his club won’t sacrifice its future to improve the club this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, none of their young players, prospects or draft picks are available.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Stu Cowan praises Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin for building up the team’s depth around goaltender Carey Price.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Second-half storylines to watch concerning the Senators include the player of youngsters like Mark Stone and J.G. Pageau, how to get more games in for struggling backup Robin Lehner, and possible moves before the trade deadline.
EDMONTON SUN: A life-long Oilers fan was surprised to be fined for tossing his jersey on the ice in disgust over the club’s poor play.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Reading this story, two things spring to mind. First, actions have consequences. Second, a fool and his money are soon parted.