Here are the morning papers for Thursday the 4th of September:
- Even with his injury history, Ethan Moreau still feels like a young man, writes Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal. In other Oilers news, prospect Alex Plante has decided he won’t return to the Calgary Hitmen, so the Edmonton Journal wonders which CHL team he will end up with?
- The Montreal Canadiens are working on hosting an outdoor game at Olympic Stadium in 2009.
- If Mats Sundin decides to play hockey again, it will be in the NHL not the Swedish Elite League.
- New Canucks forward Darcy Hordichuk’s parents were scared to watch him fight early on in his career, explains Elliot Pap of the Vancouver Sun.
- Teemu Selanne has made his decision about a return, he just won’t announce it just yet. (Hint: He is skating every day.)
- The Bruins have signed checking center Stephane Yelle to a one-year contract.
- Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News tells us about the changes in the Sabres’ ownership structure.
- Coming off a torn ACL, it has once again become apparent that no one works harder off the ice than Rod Brind’Amour, writes Chip Alexander.
- Apparently Mike Babcock won’t play Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg on the same line this season. (Writer’s note: He said the same thing heading into last season.)
- As Michael Russo tells us, Marian Gaborik seems content with keeping his options open heading into the 2008/09 season.
- Rick DiPietro wants to ensure that he is healthy and ready to go by October 10th.
- Eric Lindros has declined an invitation to the closing of the Philadelphia Spectrum and he explains why here.
- The Coyotes will only be televising 61 games in the Phoenix area this season. (Writer’s note: Not a good sign. This is an up-and-coming team which needs to receive more exposure as the team’s young players make a name for themselves.)
- According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Perron is light years ahead of where he was at this time last year.
- The Maple Leafs expect Curtis Joseph to be one of the team’s important leaders this season, writes Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star.
For Illegal Curve, I’m Richard Pollock.