Canadian Corner for Wednesday, October 12, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks Henrik Sedin feels lingering effects from hit from behind in recent Blue Jackets game…Phil Kessel’s trademark snapshot…Evander Kane singled out to step up for Jets…Flames need to get a win…Lars Eller set to return for Habs…Nikita Filatov still a work in progress for Senators…Update on new arena talks for Edmonton.


Hobbled Henrik?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks star forward Henrik Sedin claims he’s “ok” after suffering a charlie horse when hit into the board from behind by Columbus’ Marc Methot in a recent game. Methot wasn’t suspended for the play, and Sedin is still feeling stiffness and soreness in his leg, though he expects to be in the Canucks lineup for their next game on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully for Henrik this won’t turn into something which hobbles him early in the season. He’s fortunate it wasn’t a more serious injury.

TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel’s trademark snapshot continues to earn him praise and is his most lethal offensive weapon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs can ever find him a top play-making center, he could notch between 40-50 goals per season with that snapshot.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets head coach Claude Noel wasn’t impressed with Evander Kane’s performance in the club’s home-opening loss on Sunday to Montreal, and will be expecting better of the young winger in their next game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The entire team played lousy, but by singling out Kane, Noel appears hoping he’ll elevate his game and lead by example.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak believes the Flames, down 0-2 this season, will need a much better team effort if they’re to snap their skid in their next game on Thursday against Montreal.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens forward Lars Eller has returned from a shoulder injury and will make his season debut on Thursday against the Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Habs, who recently lost Mike Cammalleri for one to two weeks to a cut leg.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators made Nikita Filatov a healthy scratch in their home opener against Minnesota after he failed to score in his first two games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not the kind of start he or the Senators were hoping for this season. If he fails to stick with the Senators, his chances for an NHL career could be finished.

EDMONTON SUN: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has imposed a media blackout on negotiations between the Oilers and the city of Edmonton regarding a new arena, though both parties claimed they wanted to get a deal worked out before the October 31st deadline prior to the blackout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Bettman can help the two sides find the common ground necessary to work through the sticking points and get this done.


  1. Is anyone else thinking its time the Habs blew it up and just got on with starting a rebuild? The team and its organization as a whole is a shadow of its former self. If you think I’m wrong, imagine the team without Price, how well do you think the team would do without him? Who could fill in or step up if he wasn’t available to play for him or anyone else on the current roster? Maybe when the team fails to make the playoffs fans might side with me but to me, the Habs should always be seen as cup contenders not hoping to sneak into the playoffs year after year.

  2. They’ve made the playoffs 4 years in a row. They went to the Conference final 2 years ago and won 2 games. They are the best coached team in the league. Yup. Blow it up.

  3. When you draft guys like PK Carey patch louis tinordi ect you never have to tear everything down and start over. Montreal has the one of the top scouting units in the world, and even though they always get middle round picks, they make them count.
    Add your big ticket players, and you ice a solid lineup every night.
    Montreal will finally trade kostitsyn this year. ( btw kulemin is what kostitsyn could be, only better)

  4. Mb4life is dead on. The Habs do not need to blow anything up because the talent they have coming means they will have a solid core going forward. That being said, we do need some tweeks, like a solid big bodied 1st/2nd line centre. Pleks can be either a 1st or 2nd but it would be nice to have a back up. Tweeks, Donnybrook, tweeks hold off on the TNT.