Canadian Corner – November 27, 2011.

Oilers Taylor Hall sidelined as they lose to Avalanche…Alex Edler injured in Canucks win…Joffrey Lupul glad Leafs took a chance on him…Penguins defeat Canadiens on controversial goal…Jets special teams not so special…A blogger’s All-Star voting project insults Senators fans.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers lost 5-2 to the Colorado Avalanche and lost top line forward Taylor Hall to a shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word yet on how long Hall could be sidelined. Hopefully, it’s not too serious as his absence could be a significant blow to their offense.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks down the San Jose Sharks 3-2 but lost defenseman Alexander Edler to an apparent shoulder injury during a second period collision with Sharks winger Jamie McGinn.

Lupul holds no grudge against Ducks.

TORONTO SUN: Joffrey Lupul harbors no ill will against his former team, the Anaheim Ducks, and is thankful the Maple Leafs were willing to take a chance on him. He did admit, however, having a bit of a chip on his shoulder over how quickly the Ducks let him go after he returned from an injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Ducks could probably use Lupul now. He’s currently second on the Leafs in scoring with 27 points, third overall in the league points race.

CALGARY SUN: New Flames forward Blake Comeau is glad for a fresh start after being claimed by the club off waivers from the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Comeau goes on to become a valuable member of the Flames, it’ll reflect poorly on the judgement of Islanders management, as well as how its coaching handles its players.

LA PRESSE: The Canadiens were unhappy over a controversial overtime goal scored by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang, as Habs goalie Carey Price claimed he had frozen the puck before Letang scored.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Call it poetic justice, as Letang earlier in the game suffered a broken nose on a blindside hit from Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty, which could earn the latter at the very least a phone call from league disciplinarian Brendan Shanahan.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets special teams continued to be their undoing in a 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins yesterday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets gave up both a power-play, and a short-handed goal, in the defeat.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan calls “Project Mayhem”, a project by Leafs blogger Jason “Chemmy” Orach of “Pension Plan Puppets” asking fans to vote “most hated, ex-Senators” into this year’s All-Star game, a lame effort to insult Senators fans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: And now, you’ve just given “Project Mayhem” more visibility, thus ensuring more votes for those ex-Senators. Bravo!


  1. The Quacks are in tough right now and they’d be happy if anybody could score other than the usual suspects. Although this is Burke’s old team as such, I’m doubtful even he would be able to cherry pick that roster and land somebody via trade to his liking but you never know.

  2. I’m happy Burkie gambled on Lupul as well. He has been fantastic for us and is proving he is a true top 6 forward. I am getting that Kessel-Bozak-Lupul have some sick chemistry right now, but it still make me wonder what this team would do with a #1 center.