Canadian Corner – November 4, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Could Pekka Rinne’s new contract set the standard for Montreal’s Carey Price?…Could Ottawa’s Zenon Konopka seek retribution for Wojtek Wolski’s head shot on Daniel Alfredsson?…Leafs backup Ben Scrivens strong in his debut…Jets injuries mounting…Jarome Iginla and Olli  Jokinen star for Flames…Oilers win sixth straight…Cory Schneider’s heroics not enough in Canucks loss to Wild.

CANOE.CA: Could the new seven year, $49 million contract signed by Nashville’s Pekka Rinne set the bar for Carey Price’s new contract after this season?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Price has another season as good or better than last season’s, yes, most definitely.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators enforcer Zenon Konopka won’t say he’ll seek payback on NY Rangers forward Wojtek Wolski when the two teams meet next week for Wolski’s blindside head shot on Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, but let it be known he wasn’t happy that Wolski wasn’t punished for the hit.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Konopka should tread carefully, because the league will be watching that game closely.

TORONTO SUN: Call-up Ben Scrivens was solid in his debut, making 38 saves in backstopping the Maple Leafs to a 4-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A very good outing for Scrivens, whose performance could put more pressure on Jonas Gustavsson to step up his game if he hopes to retain his job when James Reimer returns to action.

Enstrom sidelined indefinitely.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets injuries are starting to pile up, especially on their defense, missing Tobias Enstrom, Mark Stuart, Ron Hainsey and Derek Meech when they squared off against the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The absence of Enstrom, out indefinitely with a broken collarbone, will hurt the most, as he’s their best defenseman.

CALGARY HERALD: Veteran forward Jarome Iginla and Olli Jokinen were reunited and made the most of it, powering the Flames to a 4-1 victory over the Red Wings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Nikolai Khabibulin got his second shutout and Ryan Smyth got the game winner as the Oilers won their sixth straight, downing the LA Kings 3-0.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It must’ve burned Kings fans for Smyth, who played for the Kings until last June, when he sought a trade back to Edmonton, to return and score against his former club.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider was spectacular in goal but his heroics couldn’t prevent the Canucks from dropping a 5-1 decision to the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wait, what? You mean to say there’s more to a Canucks loss than blaming Roberto Luongo? 


  1. That Edmonton defense and goaltending are still looking pretty weak … 😉

  2. Rinne signed, Suter supposedly in talks- the Shea Weber watch is just around the corner, albeit still an RFA. Bryzgalov, lost in the woods, raking in cash. Price doing alright, will rake in cash. Let’s not even get into DiPietro and Luongo. Vokoun must be thinking, “If I keep this up, next year I get big coin. Bwah-ha-ha-ha”. Unfortunately I don’t think he can win a Cup with Green and Wideman abandoning the back end like they do.

  3. Actually Spector, Lou was sitting on the bench draining all the energy out of the Canucks with his bruised, hang dog eyes. He is to blame for this one too!

  4. That had to be one of the worst performances I’ve seen from this edition of the Canucks. The Chicago Wolves would likely have given a better account of themselves. Burrows claiming that Schnedier should have been the 1st star as without him it would have been 12 goals says it all.

    Lyle – I can attest to the fact that, regardless of Luongo’s early season numbers, Bieksa is quickly becoming a target for locals’ ire. Tweets from the local media like “Bieksa must be doing charity to work with everything he is giving away in Minny tonight” speak for themselves.

  5. I would get rid of Alberts and Bieksa, and Ballard while they have some value. Ballard has had some good games and bad ones, but looks better this year. They have Tanev to bring in from Chicago, and he’s young
    but has looked calmer in his own end than his age would indicate. I think it may be a crapshoot, but if you
    can dump those contracts, then they may (havent checked how much they earn but…) have enough cap
    space to pick up Weber. So you have Weber, Hamhuis, Edler, Rome and Possibly Tanev, Salo, and young guys like Polasek, Sauve, and Corrado to look forward to in the future. Add to that the value Schneider will invariably bring in, you have all the makings of a decent team.