Canadian Corner – December 15, 2011.

Updates on Milan Michalek, Alex Tanguay, Tim Connolly, Zach Bogosian and Corey Potter, plus the Canucks press defensemen into fourth line duty, and the Canadiens’ legendary aversion to disclosing information, especially on injured players.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators begin to adjust to life without leading scorer Milan Michalek, the latest NHL star to be sidelined by a concussion.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames winger Alex Tanguay returns to Tampa Bay to face the Lightning for the first time since his woeful 2009-10 campaign with the Bolts, which he felt was nearly the last season of his NHL career.

Connolly returns to Buffalo for first time as a Maple Leaf.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Tim Connolly will face off tonight tomorrow night in Buffalo against the Sabres for the first time since leaving the Sabres via free agency last summer to sign with the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Connolly’s not expecting a warm reception from Buffalo fans.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Zach Bogosian was not suspended for his hit-from-behind on Minnesota’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard during a Jets-Wild game earlier this week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bogosian’s clean record and Bouchard suffering cuts but no concussion may have been factors.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers defenseman Corey Potter is due to return from an ankle injury which sidelined him nearly a month.

VANCOUVER SUN: Injuries have forced the Canucks to press defensemen Aaron Rome and Andrew Alberts into fourth-line forward roles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Don’t be surprised if the Canucks go shopping for fourth line depth later this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey looks at the Canadiens legendary aversion to disclosing information, especially on their injured players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens might be hoping to prevent rival teams from keying in on players who are trying to play hurt, but given the way they’re playing this season, rival teams can tell who’s playing hurt and who’s not.


  1. And yes, it turns out that the Canucks 6th and 7th Dmen make really poor wingers.

  2. The NHL’s goal leader (Michalek), points leader (Claude Giroux), and top player (Sidney Crosby) are all sidelined with concussions. And that goes without mentioning other stars such as Skinner. I realize the entertainment value of hard-hitting but this is not helping the entertainment value of the NHL product, let alone the players’ individual health.

  3. RE the Canucks, I’d really like to see they make a play for Brandon Prust for some tough 3rd – 4th line depth.

  4. Leafs don’t play Buffalo’s Friday Dec 16 when they play them

    • Thanks, Joey.

  5. @ alex the 3 players you just mentioned were all concussed from non hockey plays (not a body check) so how do you propose the NHL stops those plays?

  6. I think this has always gone on, it’s just that now they actually diagnose it and report it to the media as a concussion as opposed to an upper body injury. Heck in the past guys like Bobby Clark would just ridicule a guy like Lindros in the media for sitting out because he didn’t feel right. I don’t think its any worse then in the past but Sid has definitely made awareness first and foremost with every team and player.