Canadian Corner – November 8, 2011.

In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks GM addresses what his team is lacking this season…Luke Schenn tries to regain his form…Senators missing Alfredsson…Scott Gomez won’t move to the wing on his return…Jets Bryan Little struggling to score…Flames defense making improvements…Magnus Paajarvi working on his game.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis doesn’t fault his coaching staff for his club’s sluggish start, suggesting instead there’s a lack of intensity throughout the lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are simply too talented to remain in their current funk for much longer. As the season progresses, expect their intensity to improve.

TORONTO SUN: Defenseman Luke Schenn is working to overcome his early season slump, receiving advice from head coach Ron Wilson, team captain Dion Phaneuf and Mike Komisarek.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schenn may be feeling the pressure of trying to play up to the expectations that came from his performance last season and his new contract. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have struggled with team captain Daniel Alfredsson sidelined by concussion, but he could be returning to the lineup soon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Senators, but they should use the time without Alfredsson constructively, as it’s an indicator of what life will be like in a year or two when he finally retires.

Gomez won't be winging it.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Scott Gomez won’t be playing on the wing upon his return to the lineup, as it appears Lars Eller will be shifted to wing.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Habs fans aren’t happy with Gomez’s play, he’s better at center than on the wing.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Centre Bryan Little has been struggling to find his scoring touch this season, with no goals and three assists in 14 games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little was supposed to be the Jets first line center, but he’s shown “little” of that ability this season.

CALGARY HERALD:  The Flames shot-blocking has improved their overall defensive play, moving them into the top third of the league in that category.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Magnus Paajarvi is being told to use his size, skating and shooting skills if he hopes to appear more on the scoresheet.


  1. Gomez….. Ugh…. He plays way too much of a perimeter game. If he took his skills tithe net more he wouldnt be so detested by us Canadiens fans. But, he will come back, skate the puck slightly past the blueline, stop while sliding to the boards and throw a hard pass behind guys or into feet for a giveaway and then to the bench for a change….. He should be fourth line until Eller or desharnais have a bad stretch. Man, if I’m molson I’m seriously thicken about eating that salary this year in the minors then buying out the rest after this year. It would be less than a 2 million cap hit for 4 years, but they could still bring in a solid player with the remaining 6 million they saved.

  2. What kind of advice is Komisarek going to give Schenn?
    “Don’t play like me, kid.”

  3. Ottawa’s biggest problem right now, with Peter Regin out (again), is not having a suitable #2 centre. I can see them trying to land a centre at some point.

  4. What sucks about the GOmez thing is that Eller is showing more and more improvement in his Game. While the numbers are not there, he is making things happen in an Offensive third line.. I rather watch Eller play isntead of Gomer Pile (Full metal jacket anyone :op)

  5. Who had Tim Conolly plus/minus 6 gms until he was hurt again? i believe i had +/-10. damn. so close

  6. First of all James,

    While I agree that Eller has played better this year than last year, he has made a lot of mistakes, like giving up the puck in the defensive zone leading to a goal. I don’t think his improvement will disappear because he moves to the wing. He was playing well on the wing before Gomez got hurt, he just wasn’t getting as much ice time so he was playing against third or fourth line players therefore his mistakes are less noticable. I am also positive that if Gomez returns and starts producing like he can, you will be the first to applaud hin just like you will be the first to bitch that Eller should be moved off the line if he starts having trouble.

  7. @SmielmaN

    Here is the breakdown of a Gomez buyout at the end of the year.
    2012-13: $3,523,810
    2013-14: $4,523,810
    2014-15: $1,666,667
    2015-16: $1,666,667

  8. Not only are you not earning your paycheck, but you are bumped kids who are developing their game. Eller has been looking really good this year.

    Gomez must have something on the Habs management and will expose them if he doesn’t get his way. It’s the only logical answer to this.

  9. Pardon me bowman. Thought it was under 2 for 4 yrs. It’s still better than having him there.

  10. @ Nik K…lol..yep that’s about it…do as I say..not as I do