Canadian Corner – December 12, 2011.

The latest on Ryan Kesler, Ales Hemsky, Ondrej Pavelec, Tomas Kaberle and Blake Comeau, plus the Leafs hope to improve their home record, while the Senators try to overcome their recent slump.


Canucks recent improvement tied to Kesler.

VANCOUVER SUN: It’s no coincidence the Canucks have played better of late, as Ryan Kesler returns to form.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s obviously their on-ice leader, and when he’s on top of his game, the Canucks are a much better team.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Ales Hemsky struggles to find his game coming off recent shoulder surgeries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s been recent speculation Hemsky might be traded later this season, but his recent performance combined with his injury history could keep him with Edmonton for the remainder of the season.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec is hoping to bounce back following a 7-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher warns Canadiens fans not to rush to judgement either way on new defenseman Tomas Kaberle, who had two assists in his debut with the Habs on Saturday against the Devils.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wise words of wisdom from Fisher.

CALGARY SUN: Forward Blake Comeau is fitting comfortably into the Flames lineup since he was claimed off waivers from the NY Islanders on November 25, playing a regular shift of the Flames third line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After going scoreless in 16 games with the Isles, Comeau has four points and is +1 in 9 games with the Flames.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs need to overcome their recent poor record on home ice, where they’ve won only once in their last seven games.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators look to break out of their current slump, which saw them lose three in a row and five of their last six games.


  1. While Fisher is more than logical in his article, it can’t be ignored that the PP looked good last game because of the guy at the blue line making good passes and stretching out the other teams PK. That was to goal, improve the PP and add depth to the blueline. I am just happy for a positive feeling from this Montreal team that I haven’t felt since their 4 game win streak. I’m really hoping that they can string a few winds together this week

  2. Kaberle is neither as good as the marketing given him in Toronto, nor as bad as he looked in Boston or Carolina. I’ll be happy if we can see some balance… a D-man whose strength is offensive, particularly on the PP, and who will need to be supported with a stay at home type. Perhaps if we keep our expectations realistic, the trade won’t be as bad as it felt on Friday.

  3. Kaberle will play well for Montreal. I don’t know if he’ll necessarily be worth the $4.25 contract all the time, but some games he will resemble that player.

    Bear in mind, it was only 2 years ago that Kaberle was easily one of the best offensive d-men in the league. I don’t think he can do it on a regular basis anymore, but he’s still good. Let’s just say he ain’t as good as he once was, but he’s as good once as he ever was.

  4. Lol. Great line at the end Mojo. I daresay that Kaberle is a better fit on the habs than his last two teams. I think getting traded and dragged through the mud by his last GM may be a bit motivating. Plus the other two teams you played for are higher than you in the standings. I know if that was my life I would do my best to stuff it in all their faces ands if you can accomplish that in Montreal it is greatly appreciated by the fanbase. Here’s hoping he plays well for this year and helps get back into the playoff picture. I feel better thinking there’s a offensive D man for the PP. I’ve grown accustomed to it the last couple years (Souray, streit, wiz, Markov). I always hated Kaberle because he would crush us with his dang passing. Now, I want to cheer him to do the same. Kind of like cole. Have to take this season game by game do far because of the inconsistency. Thanks to the loser point the Canadiens have 7 of their last 10 possible points. So I guess that’s a positive. Should have beat Vancouver the other night. Have to bring it hard on the islanders tomorrow to set the stage for Philly. I think Kaberle got put into crazy pressure last year. You go from regular non playoffs for 6 years to playoffs with a new team and you win the cup. Granted, Tim Thomas won that cup for boston and vancouvers injuries and lack of heart lost it for them. But Kaberle wins the cup, gets a payday expecting he’s going to put up Toronto numbers and doesn’t. Well, Eric staal isn’t doin to well either this year. Neither is can ward. Just skinner showed up and the coach and Kaberle ate it. And the GM comes out and indicates you were a mistake and he’s happy to be rid of you. That should be motivation in the way of personal pride, atleast it would be to me.

  5. Kaberle has the ability to bring it alright, but often it seems that unless he has a bone to pick with the team he’s playing against that night, he just tends to float around and do the minimum to get by which likely is the reason he got traded out of Carolina so quickly after signing that UFA contract of his.