Canadian Corner – December 21, 2011.

Kyle Turris gets a point in his Senators debut…Oilers veteran scorers struggling…Flames Rene Bourque apologizes to Blackhawks Brent Seabrook…Blake Wheeler should shoot more…The Canadiens rich anglo history…Michael Buble practices with the Canucks…Darryl Boyce gets another shot with the Maple Leafs.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Kyle Turris assisted on the game-winning goal in his Senators debut as Ottawa went on to beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-1.

Oilers need more from veterans like Horcoff.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers veteran forwards Shawn Horcoff, Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky is struggling offensively. as Horcoff and Smyth have been scoreless in 11 games, while Hemsky only has one goal over that period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers hope to end their current slide they’ll need much more production from those three, and soon.

CALGARY SUN: Flames winger Rene Bourque contacted Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook to apologize for hitting him from behind in a recent game. Seabrook accept the apology. Bourque was suspended for two games for the hit.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Calls on Jets forward Blake Wheeler to start shooting more.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey on the rich Anglo history of the Montreal Canadiens.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those who love to wax lyrical on the Canadiens great francophone stars often overlook the great anglo stars of the Habs history, including GMs Frank Selke and Sam Pollock, who built the great Habs dynasties of the ’50s and ’70s, coaches Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, and stars like Blake,  Howie Morenz, George Hainsworth, Bill Durnan, Elmer Lach, Doug Harvey, Gump Worsley, Larry Robinson, Steve Shutt, Bob Gainey and Chris Chelios.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Singing star Michael Buble got to practice with the Vancouver Canucks. No word if he’ll sing a song about the experience.

TORONTO SUN: Colby Armstrong’s concussion injury opens the door for Darryl Boyce to have another opportunity to stick with the Maple Leafs.


  1. Cox has a decent article about Boyce not being given a chance this season after his “do anything for the team” attitude including taking a horrific shot off the face last year. Instead they went out and not only acquired Dupuis but also penciled him in without making him prove he was better then Boyce. Doesn’t hold well for building team unity with a very young Leaf team. Kinda says if you go above and beyond your capabilities you will eventually be replaced with a less capable guy with a bigger name without so much as a chance to prove who is better.

  2. Give me Boyce over Dupuis any day of the week! But Wilson, in his infinite wisdom, will probably return Boyce to the Marlies, regardless of how well he plays.

  3. I mention my displeasure with Dupius on one of those TO star blog things and the response with unreal with agreement. What has this guy done? Give me Mike Z or Boyce any day. I like the suggestion of using Kadri in an early Gilmour kinda way. Boyce will make an impact with this chance mark my words

  4. I have to agree about Boyce and Ziggy,both should have been playing but Wilson seems to have many blind spots regarding players and playing time,just another reason he is a poor coach.
    last year they loved ziggy and he did very well and then boom,gone never to return.
    i did hear he did something that did not sit well with wilson and hence his demotion and non return.
    dupuis is not as bad as some say considering his job but again i agree any combo of boyce/ziggy/crabb who were already here can do that job.

  5. Either way using the forth line guys for 4 minutes per game and burning out the top line is another example of Wilson’s inept coaching style. Boyce, Mike Z or any other plugger will have a tough time making an impact at 4 or 5 minutes per game. One thing is for certain if the Leafs do intend to use guys like Orr and Rosehill more in the future someone needs to instill the new NHL style into these guys. They can’t go around running guys, bowling over goalies and always looking for trouble. With the Leafs having the leagues worst pk it’s a sure goal. These guys could be useful 4th liners if someone spends the time explaining how to cycle, grind, backcheck and stay out of the box. I don’t know, maybe it’s a lost cause??

  6. Add Dryden to that list of non-frenchie greats.

    Just love the irony of this great franchise, LES CANADIENS, not LES QUEBECS.

    Alex Burrows put it in a way that makes sense, I get some would rather hear the coaches comments in french, but (they)would they rather have a french coach losing than an english coach winning?

    Seriously? I really hope Cunneyworth all the success in the world, but he’s already being chased out of town after 2 games.

  7. Most if not all the all of famers you mentioned were able to respond in french to the questions they were asked so, no, montreal anglo history was not overlooked. Quebecers aren’t against coaches who speak english, they just want one that speaks french as well.

    Raise your hand if you think the FC liverpool would ever hire a french soccer coach who can’t address the media in english just because he’s a good coach? It’s just a reality of this market, the customers speak french and they’re the ones listening to the press conferences.

    Prior to Jacques Martin being fired 20% of the leagues coaches could speak french : claude julien, joel quenneville, guy boucher, alain vigneault, claude noel, jacques martin and you could add one that is available in Marc Crawford and even Bob Hartley who’s coaching in Switzerland so I don’t think Montreal needs luck to find one, they just need a plan.

    Either way you can be sure that when a team comes back to Quebec city, it’s management will play that string till it breaks and with only 1 good franco players left on the canadiens, it won’t be long before fans start questionning their allegiance.