Canadian Corner – November 12, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable NHL Canadian team news: Scott Gomez will move to the wing on the fourth line…Jets head coach unhappy with his team’s performance…Ben Scrivens could become Leafs go-to goalie…Flames call-ups fail to bolster scoring…Canucks fall to Ducks…Oilers shut out by Red Wings…Anderson pulled as Senators fall to Sabres.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Scott Gomez is expected to make his return on left wing of the Canadiens fourth line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen how long he’ll be playing there.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets head coach Claude Noel wasn’t pleased with his club’s 5-2 loss to the Florida Panthers. He feels this team needs to rid itself of the losing culture that surrounded it during their twelve years in Atlanta.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Part of the problem is the numerous coaching changes this team has been through over the past three years, of which the Jets organization in part brought upon themselves by replacing the entire coaching staff when the franchise moved to Winnipeg last summer. Noel is a good coach, but it’s going to take time for the players to adjust.

Leafs "go-to" guy in goal?

TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan suggests the Leafs should make callup goalie Ben Scrivens their go-to guy in goal while starter James Reimer remains sidelined, as regular backup Jonas Gustavsson has been struggling.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: At this point the Leafs have little choice. This is now Scrivens’ moment to shine.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames recent additions of young players Mikael Backlund, Paul Byron  and TJ Brodie failed to improve their offensive production, as the Flames dropped a 4-1 decision to the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only one game, but the Flames woes aren’t going to be resolved overnight by the return of Backlund from injury and the additions of call-ups

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks were unable to fully rally from a four-goal deficit, losing to the Anaheim Ducks 4-3.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers dropped their second straight, and their third of their last five games, losing to the Detroit Red Wings 3-0.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators goalie Craig Anderson was yanked after giving up two bad goals in sixteen seconds early in the game, as the Senators lost 5-1 to the Buffalo Sabres.


  1. Gomez is pretty much toast at this juncture, isn’t he?

  2. hard to say whats going on with gomez right now. are they easing him back into the line-up, or have they had just about enough of him and want him to earn his ice time? if they are putting him on the 4th line because of his lack of production, that certainly isnt going to help and the next move for him, could be out of montreal….

  3. Atleast by putting Gomez on the fourth line it doesn’t upset the players thr have earned the 2nd & 3rd center ice time. The Canadiens are a good team that just has to finish. A nice 4-5 goal game would do wonders for their confidence right now, but that is a tough task against the Preds tonight. Gomez might actually play better with lesser time and lesser expectations. Hopefully the Habs can string a few wins together in a row here and move up the standings.