Canadian Corner – October 1, 2011.

In today’s compilation of  Canadian NHL team news: Flames beset by injuries to key veterans…Canadiens Yannick Weber addresses his situation…Phillipe Dupuis on Leafs top line…Oilers prospect suffers serious leg injury…Jared Cowen appears to have a spot on the Senators…Volpatti, Oreskovich clinch Canucks final roster spots…Jets facing tough decisions.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames head coach Brent Sutter vows injured wingers Jarome Iginla and Rene Bourque will be ready to go by the team’s season opener next week.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They better not rush these two back into action before they’re completely healthy, or this could become a worse situation.

LE JOURNAL DE MONTREAL: Canadiens blueliner Yannick Weber admitted to being frustrated that he might not start the season on defense, but said he’d rather be employed as a winger than sitting in the stands as an eighth defenseman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, Weber isn’t going to make any “play me on defense or trade me” demands.

TORONTO SUN: Injuries to Tim Connolly, Nazim Kadri and Tyler Bozak has vaulted fourth line center Phillipe Dupuis to centering the Leafs first line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those injuries may be the reason the Leafs are reportedly seeking another top forward.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers lost prospect Taylor Fedun to a broken right femur after he crashed awkwardly into the end boards during last night’s Oilers-Minnesota Wild game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Fedun’s injury is yet another example why the NHL must implement “no-touch” icing.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Defenseman Jared Cowen will survive the Senators final rounds of cuts and will begin this season with the team.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Aaron Volpatti and Victor Oreskovich will round out the Canucks regular season lineup.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets face some tough roster decisions as they prepare to make their final cuts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If prospect Mark Scheifele fails to survive this round of cuts, Jets fans aren’t likely to be happy. He’s quickly become a fan favorite with his strong pre-season play.


  1. I agree with the “no touch rule” but what may also be a factor is ……….are teams rushing younger physically underdeveloped young defencemen into the league before they are strong enough to handle the riggers of going into the corners/end boards against men who are so much more stronger then they are……It would be interesting to see a breakdown of defencmen injuries from last year to determine if they are young and still growing on the strength front or older and stronger . Experiance would of course also be a factor in this but that is why a stint in the AHL is so much more important for some of these kids so tha they can grow physically and learn their trade at the pro level.

  2. Are you kidding me? It’s preseason, Fedun has been looking great out there so far. This has absolutely nothing to do with being rush into the league to soon, and everything to do with the wild player being careless with his stick on a dangerous unneeded play. A young man has just lost two years of his hockey career if not all of it, due to a reckless rule and a stick being shoved into a players skates, was Kurtis Foster also under developed when he was hurt on the same type of play… This could happen to anyone, typically younger bones are more bendable, if that was a older player how much worse would the fracture of been.

  3. These races are a big part of hockey whether or not there is no-touch icing. Does every injury have to result in a mini-spaz about the rules?

  4. Ummm really racing for the puck to wave off icing is exciting? Granted it OCCASIONALLY does lead to a great play if they can beat the icing, but its so far and few between.

    No not every injury does need a mini spaz, (chara/max for example) but they should still be looked into. Hits to the head (and largely the hard equipment) as well as touch icing need to go. They don’t make the game better, they make it worse.