Canadian Corner – November 14, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Miikka Kiprusoff one of the few positives for Flames…Oilers drop their third straight…Leafs coach unhappy with his team’s performance of late…Senators place Chris Neil on IR…Cody Hodgson establishing himself with Canucks…Peter Budaj doing solid work as Canadiens backup…Jets hoping to turn things around at home.

CALGARY SUN: Miikka Kiprusoff has been one of the few positives for the Flames this season, the key reason the low-scoring Flames have kept so many of their games close.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not for “Kipper”, the Flames would be wallowing in the bottom of the Conference standings with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He’s give them a chance to win every night.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers hot start appears to have cooled, as they dropped their third straight game, falling 6-3 to the Chicago Blackhawks to end their six-game road trip with a 2-4 record.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s certainly not time to panic, but this recent road trip exposed the holes in the Oilers offensive depth and their defensive game, serving as a sobering reminder there’s still work to be done to improve this team.

Leafs need more from Kulemin.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Ron Wilson is hoping to avoid another November meltdown and intends to crack the whip on those he considers underachievers, like Nikolai Kulemin and Clarke MacArthur, as well as their overall sloppy defensive play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Like the Oilers, the recent games of the Leafs have exposed their weaknesses, especially their scoring depth and overall defensive play.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have placed forward Chris Neil on IR due to an ankle injury.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: In the recent past, losing their physical leader Neil would’ve been a serious blow for the Senators, but given their depth in physical players this season, they should be able to adjust to Neil’s absence.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cody Hodgson enjoyed a multi-point game in the Canucks victory Sunday over the NY Islanders, and has established himself as an NHL player this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Good to see Hodgson persevere and prove himself NHL-worth this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Peter Budaj has been strong in his only two starts for the Canadiens this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While starter Carey Price will see the bulk of the action in goal for the Habs, Budaj in my opinion has shown enough in his only two starts to warrant more playing time, rather than only one or two games per month.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets hope to snap their recent losing skid with their return to home ice, where they’ll play 14 of their next 18 games, after playing 12 of their first 17 on the road.


  1. Wilson can yip and yap all he wants but I think the players have had enough of him. These guys are pros who have all taken turns on the PP and PK all their careers so I can’t believe they don’t know what to do; so it seems to me that no matter who’s been signed or traded by the Leafs since Burke got there, it all looks just the same as always and the numbers don’t lie..Please put Wilson on waivers !

  2. ron wilson getting fired i have a better chance at winning the 649 lol,you are right the players are hoping he would get the boot but again i can;t see it happening,the team needs to bring in a vet.goalie before its to late we have lost 3 games in a row on home ice 17-4 in goals do i need to say more,mr.burke get you head out of your ass and do something

  3. Budaj has been a pleasant surprise, Yanick Weber has stepped up, and It’s obvious Gomez is not needed in Mtl anymore at this point I would trade him for 7th D and a 5th round pick just to get rid of him. Should’ve gone to The Islanders when they wanted him.

  4. 1st big road trip for the oilers this season, played some real good teams. Big problem with the scoring is there are too many of the same forwards on the ice for them. Hemsky, Gagner, Omark, paajarvi. 2 or 3 of these guys should be moved. Too many guys worrying every shift that they have to out perform the next guy or they’ll be in the sky box. When Hemsky and Gagner were injured the forwards played better as they all knew their roles. I’m sure Tambi will find his coveted defenseman with all his up front options to offload. Weber would be a nice fit.

  5. I think Calgary and the Oilers are both in the same pickle. They have been relying on ageing goalies to carry their teams. at some point they are goinjg to run out of gas. kipper is a great goalie but he history shows he does not have the stamina to carry a huge workload (a starting load for sure) but the if he is not at his peak for the playoff, the Flames are doomed. i think the same will be troe for the Oil.

  6. I agree with both posts about Wilson. I couldn’t care a less if the Leafs went on a 10 game winning streak I’d still say Wilson has got to go based on the last 3 years. Burke has completely changed the make up of the team and even though I didn’t agree with his “make the playoffs now” mentality since he got here, he has done some good things with what he had to start with. Wilson on the other hand has not. I haven’t seen any promising play in the past 2 seasons unless Riemer was standing on his head. Yes, every team needs good goaltending to make the playoffs but many teams have made it with average goalies. Unless Reimer or Scrivens are unbelievable every game then we lose (except when running into brutal goaltending as in NJ and CLB). We have some quality players on this team and therefore shouldn’t require the goalies to steal every game in order to win as it is now.

    Time for a change…

  7. @DLS..yep..I agree with what you said