Canadian Corner – October 10, 2011.

In today’s compilation of notable Canadian NHL team news: Sloppy play spoils the Jets home opener…Canadiens lose two more players to injury…Ryan Smyth praises young Oilers…Marco Sturm hoping to improve…The Senators have issues to address…Flames Chris Butler returns home to St. Louis to face the Blues…Maple Leafs head to CFB Trenton for training.

WINNIPEG SUN: Sloppy play, rather than emotion, was the undoing of the Jets in their disappointing 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens during Sunday’s home opener at the MTS Centre.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets are capable of a better effort. Perhaps they were overwhelmed by the emotion of the day. 

Injury bug bites two more Habs.

TSN.CA: Montreal Canadiens forward Michael Cammalleri left yesterday’s Canadiens-Jets game due to a cut on his leg which could sideline him for at least two weeks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs also lost Jaroslav Spacek to an upper body injury in the same game, though apparently he’s not expected to miss much time. For those keeping score at home, that Cammalleri, Spacek, Chris Campoli and Andrei Markov currently sidelined.

EDMONTON SUN: Veteran Ryan Smyth singled out young teammates Devan Dubnyk and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins for their efforts in the Oilers 2-1 shootout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Veteran forward Marco Sturm is asking for Canucks fans to be patient as he adjusts to his new team, linemates and system, vowing he’ll get better.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators need to regroup and address their defensive shortcomings in their upcoming game against the Minnesota Wild.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They did a good job coming back against the Toronto Maple Leafs in their 6-5 loss on Saturday, but they can’t keep playing come-from-behind hockey all season long.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames defenseman and St.Louis native Chris Butler is excited about returning home today to face off against the Blues.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will spend the next three days at CFB Trenton practicing and engaging in team-building exercises using the base’s facilities.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That should be a treat for the military personnel and their families. Good on the Leafs to foster links to the military community.


  1. On the Habs’ injury list, you forgot to add Lars Eller and Ryan White. (Although Eller is expected to make his return this Thursday.)
    Either way, oy vay!

  2. Here we go again.. are we ever going to see the full potential of the Habs?

  3. You are seeing their potential, this is what happens when u sign band-aids and smurfs. Price better be on his game…odds are he might have the A.H.L. team in front of him.

  4. Man, if the Canadiens didn’t have bad luck they would have no luck. Hopefully Cammy isn’t sidelined too long. If it’s just a cut then it’s no biggie. At least it isn’t a separated shoulder.
    Also, Ike: this isn’t Calling the Canadiens smurfs and band aids isn’t the “cool hockey talk”. Every team battles with injuries and last I checked the Canadiens are a playoff club. I would daresay you wouldn’t call players like Cammy, Gionta, St.Louis, and Fleury surfs to their faces and they are all great talents and leaders.

  5. I think we are seeing the full potential of the Habs. A big thing in hockey is battling through injuries and having the depth to keep playing through it and winning. With all of that they managed to battle through and demolish a highly skilled and emotionally driven (although sloppy) Jets team. I give a lot of credit to the Habs, even though they are a smaller and more injury prone team. They are speedy and full of heart and play a perfect transition game.

    I do however feel bad for the Jets, losing that home opener after so long sucks and I think the team needs to raise its game to the next level! Scheifs was the best player on the ice and he is a what 18y old rookie who was projected to go in the 3rd round or so?

  6. Jets highly skilled? Habs aren’t a playoff team…. they just have and extremly great goalie.. after that nothing else to really be excited about.. Have fun with PK leading that PP…

  7. “Cammalleri, Spacek, Chris Campoli and Andrei Markov currently sidelined.” LAWL.. 2 games in…

  8. It always makes me laugh when fans of a team talk about how unlucky they are due to injuries; as most teams are always battling against injuries. The great teams/coaches find a way to win despite injuries

  9. Habs are one serious injury to plecks, gio or PK away from disaster.

  10. As for Pleks, Gio or Pk a major injury away from disaster, we can say that about any team. Except for the loafs if they loose their equipment man their in disaster. LOL

  11. I think that both Cammalleri and Spacek will be back for Thursday’s opener in Montreal.As far as injuries go, every team has them to pretty key players. But a team that can overcome them and come together as a unit, is never good news for the opposing team. The Jets fans started to scan Carey,Carey after the 1st Jets goal, that just pumped Price and his teammates up and we saw the end result.

  12. Really have to sympathize to the Canadien fans here. As a Pens fan, I can say it sucks to watch half of your team play game in and game out, and seeing as though Pens essentially haven’t been healthy since 2010, I am hoping that the same fate is not bestowed on the Habs (though I expect it on Markov).