Canadian Corner – July 10, 2011.

A look ahead at next season’s “Battle of Ontario”, new Flames goalie coach Clint Malarchuk overcomes near tragedies, Tanner Glass thrilled to join the Jets, and the lastest on the Canucks and Oilers.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS & OTTAWA SENATORS.

OTTAWA SUN: Bruce Garrioch reports “The Battle of Ontario” between the Senators and Toronto Maple Leafs isn’t what it used to be, as both clubs are trying to rebuild into playoff contenders again. Garrioch looks at key matchups to watch, including centers Jason Spezza vs Tim Connolly, defensemen Sergei Gonchar vs John-Michael Liles, and goaltenders Craig Anderson vs James Reimer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The glory days, such as they were, are long past for both clubs, but next season’s battles between these two rivals could prove more interesting given the moves made by both clubs since January. If both teams end up jockeying for one of the final playoff berths in the Conference, it could inject new life into this fading rivalry.

CALGARY FLAMES.

CALGARY HERALD:  Scott Cruickshank has a interesting article on  Clint Malarchuk, who overcame the most gruesome injury in NHL history (warning, graphic content) and the anxiety trauma which accompanied it for years, resulting in accidentally shooting himself in the head three years ago, to become the new Flames goaltending coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hockey fans tend to think NHL players lead charmed lives and that nothing bad ever happens to them. We often tend to forget they’re also human beings. Malarchuk’s story is a stark, yet hopeful, reminder of that fact.

WINNIPEG JETS.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson reports former Canucks winger Tanner Glass admitted he’ll miss playing and living in Vancouver, but is looking forward to playing for the Winnipeg Jets next season.

“When Winnipeg came up as an option, I was excited,” said Glass. “I was a proponent of Winnipeg getting a team for a long time. When you go there in the minors you see how passionate the fans are. I know my family is excited too. My phone has been ringing off the hook since I signed with people asking about tickets.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He also stands a good chance of playing a larger role with the Jets, something he wasn’t going to get the chance to do on a deeper Canucks team.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS.

VANCOUVER SUN: reports the Canucks made a minor trade this weekend, acquiring left winger Mike Duco from the Florida Panthers in exchange for the rights of Sergei Shirokov, who recently signed with CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Shirokov was once considered a promising Canucks prospect but he failed to pan out as hoped. Remains to be seen if he’ll be willing to join the Panthers organization, as he’ll probably earn more money in the KHL.

EDMONTON OILERS.

EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychowski reports part of the Oilers development camp involves taking their young prospects, many of whom aren’t used to cooking for themselves. to a local eatery where cooks and nutritionists can give their young players cooking tips.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Great idea by the Oilers. Proper nutrition is as important as proper training.

MONTREAL CANADIENS.

Nothing new to report. Check back tomorrow.

 

 

1 Comment

  1. Although I can’t see Ottawa making or even challenging for a playoff spot this season the rivalry’s going to generate emotions on both teams, particularly with some of the young players who want to prove themselves. They’ll be fun to watch!