Canadian Corner – December 13, 2011.

The latest on Jarome Iginla, P.K. Subban, Blake Wheeler, Cody Hodgson, Andy Sutton, Joey Crabb and Nikita Filatov.

CALGARY SUN: It’s no coincidence the Flames won three straight games last week, while team captain Jarome Iginla was NHL star of the week with four goals and two assists.

Subban putting emphasis on defense.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban explains the reason his offensive numbers are down this season is he’s put more emphasis on the defensive game, earning praise from head coach Jacques Martin.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler is playing a more physical style this season.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cody Hodgson has been cleared to play against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton, suspended for eight games for a high hit on Carolina’s Alexei Ponikarovsky, isn’t happy with the current NHL disciplinary system.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sutton is a repeat offender, and the actions which led to his latest suspension were his own fault. Had he adjusted his playing style, he wouldn’t be suspended. Sutton has no one to blame but himself for his situation.

TORONTO SUN: Leafs forward Joey Crabb is hoping to stick with the club as a character forward.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will retain the NHL rights to Nikita Filatov, who they assigned to the KHL for the remainder of the season.


  1. One of the upsides of the Kaberle deal may be to relieve some of the pressure on Subban. He is a wonderful talent that has been expected to play out of his depth at such an early place in his career. Kaberle can relieve Subban of a couple of his roles, and I think we will see PK improve because of this deal.

  2. I fully unerstand why you would want PK Subban to focus more on his defensive game, but when you have a player who is so offensively talented, you never want to take away from that part of his game. That is an error by Martin. I would let the kid do whathe does best, and that is be a gamebreaker…. its Not like the Habs have many of them on the roster.

  3. Sutton may be a repeat offender but his hit was no where near as bad as the players that have been throwing knees and elbows out like rice at a wedding.

  4. On the new NHL, I might consider a subscription to badminton channel. They have some sandpaper.

  5. This without comparing two different eras in the Canadiens history, espacially a hall of famer and a second year defenseman. Lyle will surely remember Guy Lapointe during the habs dynasty years. He was considered an offensive minded d-man, but was able to hold his own in his own end. As Subban, he had to learn how to combine good defence with good offense. Be 50 % as good on defence as you are on offence, you will be an asset to your team, than a liability.