Updates on Mike Babcock, Joe Colborne and Andrew Hammond, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers, Jets and Canadiens.
SPORTSNET: Toronto Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock may have revealed his first flash of impatience with his new roster this week, leading to speculation he’s now fully understanding how far this team has to go.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s a big difference between how a roster looks “on paper” and how they’ll actually perform on the ice. The Leafs will work harder under Babcock, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be better this season.
CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Joe Colborne suffered a fractured right thumb in a recent preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets. No word yet if he’ll require surgery, but he will open the season on the injured-reserve list.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators backup goalie Andrew Hammond will miss the next two weeks with a groin injury. The club has called up Matt O’Connor.
THE VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks management must decide how many of their promising youngsters to retain on their roster.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Winger Anton Slepyshev is making a strong case to crack the Oilers roster.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets final preseason game is the last opportunity for their bubble players (Nic Petan, JC Lipon and Thomas Raffl )to earn a roster spot.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens legends Gump Worsley and Ken Dryden are among six NHL goaltending greats honored by Canada Post.