Canadian Corner for Thursday, October 13, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Roberto Luongo acknowledges he could’ve played better against Flyers…Carey Price contributes to fight against breast cancer…A call for panicking Flames fans to calm down…Cody Franson must step up to seize a job…Jets need to get away from it all…Senators facing roster decisions…Darcy Hordichuk leads Oilers fourth line.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo wished he could’ve made a big save or two as his team fell to the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday, and acknowledged he’s off to a slow start.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The entire team is off to a slow start, but it’s Luongo who is most under the gun this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price is doing his part to raise awareness in the battle against breast cancer this month, as he’ll be wearing goalie pads with pink trim and a pink goalie mask throughout October, then will auction them off, with the proceeds going to the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yet another fine example of the good work done for charities by NHL players. 

CALGARY HERALD: George Johnson acknowledged the weaknesses of the Flames roster which contributed to the team dropping its first two games, but called for fans not to panic.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: You panicking Flames fans remember there are 80 more of these games to go, don’t you? If the Flames are still struggling four-six weeks from now, then you can start worrying. It’s only two games into the season. Relax!


Franson needs to earn his spot.

TORONTO SUN: Cody Franson, who began the season as a healthy scratch, will need to step up and earn a spot on the Leafs defense corps.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs have a very deep defense this season, so no one can just assume they’ll get a roster spot, even one as promising as Franson. I don’t believe the club will trade him, as they have high hopes he’ll become a key component of their blueline in the future, but for now, he has to work for a spot.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ted Wyman believes the Jets current road trip is the best thing for them to put aside their disappointing home opening loss and get  back on track.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators face some tough roster decisions, as Nikita Filatov, Bobby Butler and Brian Lee has been scratched from recent games. It’s a good bet the odd man out could be Filatov, who has a two-way contract and could be demoted.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sens could consider shopping one of them, but I feel it’s too early for that. They’ll demote one or two, rather than trade one, if it comes to that.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Veteran Darcy Hordichuk will be the leader for young linemates Anton Lander and Lennart Petrell on the Oilers fourth line.


  1. I fully support what Price and others are doing to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer. Good on them.
    I do wish that the Habs would do more to honour the troops by doing more for Remembrance Day. After all, the Habs have ‘from failing hands we throw the torch” as a motivational line in the dressing room. Also December in Montreal is the season for remembrance of l’ecole Polytechnique massacre and I think it would be a huge statemnt to have rough and tumble pro hockey players speaking out about violence against women…especially in Montreal. Neither of these need to be grand, even a poppy patch and white ribon patch would be enough on top of the ussual one game pre-game ceremony. Just saying…

  2. Great ideas habsfan1

  3. Enough already with the PINK Awareness!!!! I know that Carey Price’s intentions are honorable and well meaning but ….My wife HAS breast cancer, and she as well as many other cancer victimss are very concerned that ‘Pink’ is just another marketing tool to sell product. The biggest concern however is that the ‘over exposure’ dilutes the need for help and actually promotes apathy towards this cause. Awareness does not always provide a solution to the intended problem.