Canadian Corner – December 19, 2011.

A suggestion for a new GM for the Montreal Canadiens…Is Tom Renney in danger of losing his job as Oilers head coach?…Maple Leafs break up their first line…Canucks prepare for the Minnesota Wild…Jared Cowen gets support for Calder from notable teammate…Another injury for the Jets…Flames lose a forward to injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Red Fisher weighs in on the mess that is the Canadiens front office, noting the suggestions from fans and pundits as to who should replace Pierre Gauthier as general manager. Fisher’s choice? Former Habs GM Serge Savard.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I respect Fisher and have enjoyed his work for years, but suggesting the Canadiens bring back a GM who hasn’t managed a team since 1995 makes as much sense as suggesting Don Cherry can still coach an NHL team. Savard has been out of the game too long.

Should the Oilers replace Tom Renney?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson responds to those calling for the Oilers to fire head coach Tom Renney, offering up a lengthy defense.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s little Renney can do about the rash of injuries or the ongoing lack of experienced depth on the blueline and checking lines

TORONTO SUN: The slumping Maple Leafs have broken up their first line for tonight’s game against the LA Kings, in hopes of improving its defensive play.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks prepare to face the Minnesota Wild for the first time since the Wild spanked them 5-1 on November 3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Wild have been jockeying with the Chicago Blackhawks for the top spot in the Conference for weeks, but the Canucks are considerably improved over what they were in early November. Should be an entertaining game.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Jason Spezza believes rookie teammate Jared Cowen should merit consideration for the Calder Trophy this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cowen probably won’t finish in the top three nominees, but Spezza is correct about Cowen’s positive impact upon the Senators defense this season.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Another Jets player is sidelined,  this time center Bryan Little,  who’s day-to-day after taking a shot on the back in Saturday’s game against Anaheim.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little was rounding back into scoring form in recent weeks following a slow start, so the Jets will hope this doesn’t waylay Little for any significant period of time.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames lost to the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday (4-2), plus lost center Matt Stajan to an ankle injury.


  1. Trust me Stajan was no loss to the Flames!!!!!

  2. The Wild are decimated by injuries and are lucky to be in the position that they are in in the standings. That said, GO WILD!!!

  3. Serge Savard may have been out of the game awhile,but, does not mean, out of contact.I’m sure he still has some contacts within the NHL.I have seen him on RDS a few times and seems to have a pretty grasp on the present CBA. Would he be interested ? I doubt it, he is semi retired and wealthy, seems to be enjoying life.He has a residence in Hilton Head, in North Carolina I believe.

  4. Lyle – do you think the Habs would ever consider a non-Francophile for the GM role?

  5. ha Stajan. The Leafs traded him at the perfect time – was almost a point per game player when traded was on pace I think for about 75pts that season. Since than, he has been awful. Nice guy but his career is over.

  6. Someone must have told Wilson a top line with talent like Kessel and Lupul should have a better plus minus then zero. Now all you Bozak lovers will see how a top line should really function. A top line center should play a two way game (like Grabovski did last year) to have a successful run towards a playoff spot. It is more then just having speed (Bozak) because getting pushed off the puck when it matters most is useless. I wish Boz all the best on the third line and think he can have good success with grinders such as Armstrong and Brown showing him what it takes to win at all costs. If he follows their lead he will be a successful 2nd line center in this league. Unfortunately Wilson is still the coach but at least he is making the right moves towards a playoff run. Should take about 5 games to get some chemistry between Connelly Kessel and Lupul… Go Connelly, Go Leafs!!!