Canadian Corner – November 29, 2011.

Andrei Markov’s return to the Canadiens imminent…Oilers lose Taylor Hall to shoulder injury…Cory Schneider gets sixth straight start for Canucks…The cost to the Leafs if they re-sign head coach Ron Wilson…T.J. Brodie cherishes first NHL goal…Senators coach has fond memories of his days as a Jet…Defense a patchwork for Jets.


Markov could return against Ducks on Wednesday.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Veteran defenseman Andrei Markov, sidelined since the start of the season to a knee injury, could make his return on Wednesday against the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he can remain healthy for the rest of the season, he’ll provide a much-needed boost to the Canadiens defense.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Taylor Hall will miss two-four weeks to a shoulder injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hall’s absence will be keenly felt, but it could’ve been much worse. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Cory Schneider makes his sixth straight start tonight against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rumormongers will claim this is the Canucks way of showcasing Schneider to trade him, or they’ll claim they’re trying to move Luongo. Neither is true. This is a team riding a hot goaltender, nothing more.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs could lose Dallas Eakins, current head coach of their AHL affiliate, if they re-sign current head coach Ron Wilson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Leafs make the playoffs, Wilson could be re-signed. Eakins could be lost to another team regardless of Wilson’s status.

CALGARY SUN: Flames rookie T.J. Brodie will be sending the puck which he scored his first NHL goal back home to his parents in the near future.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators head coach Paul MacLean has happy memories of his days as a Winnipeg Jet during the 1980s. MacLean’s Senators face off against the Jets tonight.

WINNIPEG SUN: Injuries have forced the Jets to use a “patchwork defense”, which so far has held its own.


  1. In the case of Dallas Eakins vs Ron Wilson, Wilson may have the tenure and numbers but I think Eakins would be the better choice for a young team such as the Leafs who are showing signs of improvement

  2. Good another Steve Simmons article…. sigh.

  3. This could be a big year for young coaches, as it seems likely enough that Sacco, Sutter, Arniel, Carlyle, and maybe even Murray could be done without considerable improvement. Though I really hope the Kings do keep this twit and remained mired in a swamp of uninspired offense.

  4. Add Capuono to the list.

  5. Leave it to the dummy Damien Cox to find the negative in everything. If the Leafs re-signed Wilson that would mean the Leafs made the playoffs, and I’m sure if the Leafs make the playoffs Leafs fans could care less what happens to their AHL coach. I do think Eakins has a lot of potential as a coach though, and if Wilson gets fired he would be a good replacement.

  6. If the Leafs resign Wilson for 2 years and Eakins leaves, the Leafs should try and lock up Bob Boughner from the Spits with the understanding that when Wilson’s time is up (after he turns the Leafs into another SanJose playoff choker) Bob will get a shot if he does well in the AHL. It is close to his home in Windsor and he has an unbelievable record. Someone is going to snap him up.