In today roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: Roberto Luongo may be rounding into mid-season form…Jason Spezza getting stronger on the draw…Mike Cammalleri hoping to start cashing in more on his scoring chances…Zach Bogosian making significant improvement…Jonas Gustavsson struggling in goal for the Leafs…Strange facts for the Oilers start this season…The Flames ongoing woes.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks starting goalie Roberto Luongo’s latest performance suggests he may be rounding into mid-season form.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sadly, it won’t stop disgruntled Canucks fans from pining for him to be traded and replaced with Cory Schneider.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators center Jason Spezza has made significant improvement in the faceoff circle, ranked 9th overall in faceoff percentage wins.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza’s shown considerable maturity to his game this season, so it’s no surprise he’s become stronger on the draw.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri acknowledged he’s been ringing a higher-than-usual amount of shots off the goalposts so far this season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a timing issue, likely the result of missing a couple of weeks early in the season to injury. He’ll round back into form soon enough.
WINNIPEG SUN: Defenseman Zach Bogosian has made considerable improvement this season, in part because he’s working well with assistant coach Charlie Huddy.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: A clash with the former defense coach last season in Atlanta led to Bogosian having a poor performance, so it’s little surprise he’s now showing improvement with a coach he gets along with this season.
TORONTO SUN: Jonas “The Monster” Gustavsson’s performance this season hasn’t been scaring his opponents. If anything, it’s been scaring the Leafs and their fans, as the club has gone into a tailspin with starter James Reimer sidelined indefinitely with concussion-like symptoms.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s clear Gustavsson is never going to become a quality NHL starter, and he’s not suitable even as a backup.
EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers have been winning this season, despite scoring fewer goals than any other team, missing Ales Hemsky and Ryan Whitney, and dressing ten different defensemen in their first 12 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Credit their kid line of Hall, Eberle and Nugent-Hopkins, the bounce-back performance of goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, the surprising play of defenseman Corey Potter, the leadership of Ryan Smyth and Shawn Horcoff, and a solid penalty kill as several factors that have kept them in the win column.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames remain mired in mediocrity, stuck in a “win-one, lose-one” cycle.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Flames fans have been calling for a big trade to shake things up. If there were such a deal to be made, GM Jay Feaster would’ve made it by now.