Canadian Corner – November 17, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks coach unhappy over his team’s loss to Blackhawks…Montreal’s P.K. Subban improving his defensive play…Oilers and Kings reach settlement over contentious Smyth trade…Leafs lose Mikhail Grabovski to injury…Flames power play continues to sputter…Eric Fehr getting closer to debut with Jets…Senators not willing to let Nikita Filatov return to Russia right away.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault was displeased over his team’s third period collapse against the Chicago Blackhawks, who defeated Vancouver 5-1 last night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Damn Roberto Luongo blew another game…wait, Luongo didn’t play last night? Well, it’s gotta be his fault somehow, am I right, Luongo Haters Club?  Kidding aside, that collapse by the Canucks last night wasn’t pretty, and Vigneault is correct when he says his team still isn’t at the level it should be. 

Subban working on his defensive play.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban potted his first goal of the season during the Habs 4-0 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, but he said he wasn’t too worried about his offensive production as he’s more focused on improving his defensive game.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers and LA Kings avoided going to arbitration to resolve the issue of Colin Fraser’s health at the time the Oilers shipped him to the Kings last June in return for Ryan Smyth, as the Oilers will offset part of Fraser’s medical costs.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Mikhail Grabovski will miss at least two weeks to a lower-body injury suffered during the Leafs loss on Tuesday to the Phoenix Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s a serious blow for the Leafs second line offense, which has been sputtering in recent weeks.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames power-play continues to sputter, especially on home ice, where they’re a dismal 2 for forty so far this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given their current roster, I don’t see the Flames improving that stat much this season, unless they can somehow bolster their offensive lines with a trade or two.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Eric Fehr is getting closer to his debut as a Jet. He’s missed the season so far recovering from shoulder surgery.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators GM Bryan Murray said he’ll let disgruntled winger Nikita Filatov know by month’s end if they’ll allow him to return to the KHL for the remainder of this season.



  1. Grabovski out! Colborne in?

  2. @Bucsaw

    Colborne is injured.

  3. You don’t see the Flames improving their current stat much on the home power play ? Yikes if the Flames finish the season at 5% on home ice it’s going to be a very long year.

  4. Kessel – Connolly – Lupul
    Lombardi – Bozak – Kulemin
    Crabb – Steckel – Frattin
    Brown – Zigomanis – Dupuis

    Yeah … wouldn’t be overly impressed by that one.

  5. Canucks lose with Schneider in goal, queue the Spector sarcastic jokes re Luongo. It’s starting to get old and rather predictable. The citizens of the city can’t answer for the media pundits bashing the guy and there are far fewer remarks from fans about his performances than they might have everyone believe. The fact that Rome, Lapierre, Higgins, and Hodgson have been our best players this season speaks volumes on why the current record is what it is and the majority of fans would acknowledge that.

  6. I said to a friend yesterday, “What if Schneider has a slump? Who’s next?” Perhaps we’ll find out.

  7. There is no way the flames improve on the PP this season if they keep Tangs on the blue line during the power play. everyone knows he is going to pass. they need to move him to where he can be effective and put a big shot at the point or least some one who can get the puck to the net. They are not able to open up the box with Tangs in this postion.

  8. And PK should be more focussed on his defensive game… the problem is, without his offensive input, they will have a tough time scoring goals this year.