Canadian Corner – November 26, 2011.

Maple Leafs get costly win over Stars…Senators fall to the Penguins…Canucks dominate Coyotes…The Oilers snap a lengthy losing record against the Wild…Jets finally at .500… Flames hopeful about waiver pickup Blake Comeau…Habs could have Andrei Kostitsyn back tonight.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs defeated the Dallas Stars in a 4-3 shootout, but also lost forward David Steckel and defenseman Carl Gunnarsson to injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Losing reliable blueliner Gunnarsson and faceoff specialist Steckel could indeed be serious blows to an already banged-up Leafs team, already missing James Reimer, Mike Komisarek, Mikhail Grabovski, Matt Lombardi, Colby Armstrong and Matt Mike Brown.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators had no answer for the Pittsburgh Penguins offensive onslaught, led by Sidney Crosby’s three first-period assists, falling 6-3 to the Pens.

Schneider gets second straight shutout.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider recorded his second straight shutout, backstopping the Canucks to a 5-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll add more spice to the “goalie controversy” in Vancouver. Quick, someone start the Roberto Luongo trade rumors rolling!

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers snapped a 17-game losing record to the Minnesota Wild, as rookie sensation Ryan Nugent-Hopkins potted two goals to lead the Oilers to a convincing 5-2 win over the Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: RNH must’ve heard the reports about his lack of offensive production on the road.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets got to .500 on the season with a 3-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes, led by Andrew Ladd  and backup Chris Mason.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have won four of their last five and have points in all of those games, but they’ll face a stiff challenge today against the defending Cup champion Boston Bruins.

CALGARY HERALD:  Flames head coach Brent Sutter and GM Jay Feaster are optimistic recent waiver pickup Blake Comeau will regain the scoring touch he lost this season with the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he does, he’ll become a valuable addition to the Flames offense.

LA PRESSE: The Montreal Canadiens should have winger Andrei Kostitsyn back in the lineup tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


  1. *Mike Brown

  2. When will Jacques Martin feel confident enough to take time on ice away from the Swiss Misses and give it to Emelin? They don’t add much to the power play, they’re defensive liabilities, and Markov will return soon. By now almost everyone realizes that Emelin adds a dimension that wasn’t present before. The Hurricanes, Bruins, and Flyers felt it as well as saw it. I think that Emelin is becoming a fan favorite despite his Russian origin.

  3. If Steckel is out for any amount of time the Leafs should call up Zigomanis to replace him as faceoff specialist. I’ve always liked Zigomanis since his time in Pittsburgh and I’m very surprised that no team has been willing to give him a full time NHL job. He is arguably the best faceoff man in hockey, capable of killing penalties and averages over a point per game in the AHL. If Burke was smart he would call up Ziggy and waive Dupuis, AKA the most useless player in the league.

  4. Calgary better do something, they could be looking at 66 point season in April.

  5. I agree with Lyle, the time for the flames to do something was last year. Iginla put up big numbers before the deadline, Kipper played well as did others at the end of the season. I honestly find it hard to believe that any team will give the Flames the multiple prospects and picks people are predicting. Teams seem to be a bit more cautious after the Kaberle and Penner deals last year. Personally I think the Flames are in a worse position than the Oilers were, as their only option may be to let contracts expire with nothing in return, and to swallow their pride and get some lottery picks. But even that may not work, what a lot of folks dont know, or acknowledge is part of the reason for the Oilers young depth is Stu”the magnificent bastard”. Since he took over scouting our depth has improved 100 fold. Looking back at previous drafts, I think the Flames need to retool their own scouts…

  6. If they are going to stay the course, at least fire Sutter and finish the season out with what they have, they will be better off. A pile of contracts come off the books of players who really have no trade value, probably have a top 10 draft pick. Right now, the results their getting from players like Stajan, Bourgue, Glencross, Bouemester, you will not be able to getting anything back except draft picks, and no team out there will just send draft picks back without the Flames covering a good chunk of the remaining contracts. Best option is to fire Sutter, new atmosphere in the room and its a proven option to work…just look at last year.