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TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs winger Joffrey Lupul is optimistic his club will surprise observers this season under new coach Mike Babcock.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt the Leafs will reach the playoffs, but under Babcock, they should be a harder-working bunch that won’t be an easy two points.
SPORTSNET: Eric Engels profiles former Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon, who announced his retirement after 14 NHL seasons. He spent last season playing in Switzerland. Bouillon had 149 points in 776 NHL games as an undersized (5’8″, 194 pounds) but tenacious defenseman.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bouillon spent the bulk of his career with the Canadiens, playing for several bad to mediocre Habs teams earlier in his career. Some nights, he was the only guy worth cheering for. Habs fans loved his hard-working style.
CALGARY HERALD/THE VANCOUVER SUN: Calgary Flames winger Micheal Ferland continues to be a thorn in the side of the Vancouver Canucks, leading his club to a 4-1 win in preseason action on Friday. The Flames also released defenseman Douglas Murray from his professional tryout offer.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ondrej Pavelec remains the Jets’ starting goalie, but he could face challenges from the young goalies within the club’s system.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Speaking of the Jets, they blew a 3-0 lead to fall 4-3 in overtime to the Oilers in preseason play on Friday.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Forward Matt Puempel suffered a left-arm injury, which could affect his chances of securing a roster spot.