Canadian Corner – November 19, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: The Leafs injury woes mount…No rest at home for Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec…Grading the Senators young players in the first quarter of the season…Oilers call up two blueliners…Flames whip the Blackhawks…Canucks assistant coach’s ability to tweak their special teams to keep opponents guessing…RIP Eddy Palchak, the Canadiens long-time trainer.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs injury woes continue to mount, with Mike Komisarek and Matthew Lombardi out for at least three weeks with upper body injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: 30 percent of the Leafs lineup is currently sidelined, including Mikhail Grabovski, Colby Armstrong and Jame Reimer, though the latter could be 7-10 days away from returning to the roster.

Pavelec to make 12th straight start.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec will see his 12th consecutive start when they face the Philadelphia Flyers today at the MTS Centre.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec’s played better in recent games, so of course the Jets will stick with the hot hand in goal facing a strong club like the Flyers.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan grades the Senators seven young players and their performances thus far this season, with Jared Cowen and Colin Greening getting the best marks.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have called up Colten Teubert and Taylor Chorney to fill the gaps in their blueline due to injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It was rumored the Oilers were shopping for help in the trade market, but it’s apparent they’re not going to go that route at the present time.

CALGARY HERALD: Curtis Glencross had two goals and an assist, leading the Flames to a 5-2 upset of the Chicago Blackhawks.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks assistant coach Newell Brown’s ability to tweak his team’s special teams is a big reason his team’s PP is currently tops in the league.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Eddy Palchak, who was assistant trainer, trainer and equipment manager for the Canadiens from 1966-67 to 1999-2000, and had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup ten times, died Wednesday at the age of 71.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: RIP Eddy, you were a big part of the Habs family.


  1. Komi will be out way longer than 3 weeks,busted wrist.Colbourne gets his shot finally along with Fransen.
    I know many will be happy Komi is out but really the last 3 weeks he was playing well and looks like he just cannot catcha break.
    No Kadri,have to think they are very disappointed with him being down so many players and no recall.
    His attitude must be really as bad as the rumours claim.
    All the injuries may also allow Wilson an excuse and more time,even more bad news.

  2. I have no idea who the trainers are on any team currently but Eddy Palchak was a known and recognized face in Montreal. To me, if there was a torch thrown from failing hands from year to year, team to team, Eddy was the keeper of that flame. He will be missed.

  3. TopRight. You couldn’t be more right on so many subjects.

    Wilson flukes out and gets a perfect excuss to continue losing without being fired.

    Komi has played decent and blocks a ton of shots which will be sorely missed. He was finally playing a simple game but don’t get me wrong he is totally over paid and it tee’s me off we are stuck with him at this salary. Good news is Franson gets to play and show off his skills so in 6 to 8 weeks barring any further injuries to the defense corps he could be worth a ton more on the trade market if he plays really well. Aulie can fill in on further injuries in if Franson gets traded for the balance of the season but stay in the A to keep his progress moving forward.

    Sounds like Kadri could be done in TO if Burke gets the right offer other wise he would have been brought up by now. Sounds like Wilson has a major problem with Kadri’s attitude and now possibly does Eakins too.

  4. For any of us who never realised our dreams of making the big leagues, who wouldn’t have wanted to live the life of Eddy Palchak. Go in peace, sir.

  5. I don’t get these people who are asking for Wilson’s firing in Toronto…The Leafs are tied for 5th overall in the league, They are tied for first in their division, and he seems to have coached Kessel to play a north/south game which has made him an even bigger threat…..

    I would place this question to you??? Should the Red Wings fire their coach after their losing streak?? Or how about the Canucks should they fire their coach??? Put things into perspective a little before some of you start your emotional factless rants.

  6. Flames management today announced after the game last night with Chicago that they where ordering playoff tickets……..NOT!