Canadian Corner – October 25, 2011.

In today’s roundup on notable Canadian NHL team news: Daniel Alfredsson to skip a game with a sore hip…Nothing new on Ryan Nugent-Hopkin’s future…Habs lose again…Canucks hope David Booth will boost second line scoring…David Moss a versatile forward for Flames…Maple Leafs fall to Flyers…Jets shut out by Rangers.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will skip tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes on Tuesday with a sore hip flexor.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The injury isn’t serious, but enough for Alfredsson to avoid aggravating it further. Hopefully for the Senators, he’ll only need to miss a game or two.

Will he stay or will he go?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Still no word on whether Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will stick with the Oilers this season or be returned to his Junior team before playing his tenth NHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I still say he’s earned his spurs with the Oilers and should stay. Hopefully, in the next few days, we’ll find out something more definitive. Perhaps the Oilers management are stringing this out to see how well the kid handles the pressure?

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens began a grueling week of four games in seven days by losing their sixth straight, dropping a 2-1 decision to the Florida Panthers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Habs win two of the next three, I suspect either Jacques Martin will be replaced as head coach, or a significant trade might take place to shake things up.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks are hoping an all-American line of Ryan Kesler, Christopher Higgins and recently acquired David Booth will provide more secondary scoring.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If this line clicks, the Canucks offensive attack will become considerably more lethal, and will take pressure off the Sedin line, who carry the bulk of the offensive load.

CALGARY SUN: Forward David Moss has turned into a versatile player for the Flames, capable of playing center as well as on the wing. He’s now been moved back to right wing and reunited with his linemates from last season, Olli Jokinen and Curtis Glencross.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs backup Jonas Gustavsson gave up two goals on three breakaway chances by Jaromir Jagr as the Leafs fell to the Flyers 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “The Monster” did make a sweet pad save on Jagr, but couldn’t stop the future Hall of Famer on two other breakaways. No thanks to Gustavsson’s defense, who definitely let him down in this game.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets continue to struggle offensively, falling on Monday to the NY Rangers by a score of 2-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s not as though the Jets didn’t have their chances, outshooting and outchancing the Rangers, but they could only put one past Blueshirts backup Martin Biron.


  1. Hi Spec, We have seen many remarks on the Habs making a significant trade. While I think it would do wonders. My main concern is a) Cap Space, B) What assets would we move ? (I can always suggest our 1st round pick since PG’s magic seems to happen in rds 2-7)

  2. The Nuge isn’t going anywhere.
    The Nucks need a all Canadian line for the playoffs if they seriously ever hope of going anywhere.
    The Hab fans are going to be the #1 reason they fail this season.
    The monster played pretty damn good last night, where was the D? How does jagr get that many breakaways in one game, he’s putting that puck in the net regardless of who’s trying to stop him at that point.

  3. the AMEX line takes the league by storm tonight

  4. All this speculation about Martin being fired. Does he even want to coach anymore? Last night he had to be reminded by an assistant to pull the goalie in a one goal game. Even Budaj was waiting for a sign. Is it all because of an injured defense? Markov was hurt last year and apparently was nowhere near recovery (did management even know?) and was re-signed nonetheless. Campoli wasn’t signed until the season had already begun. So basically, according to their preseason plan, the Habs were only missing Spacek on defense. Sure the players could be better, but it’s management decisions like these that hamstring a franchise.

  5. It hasn’t been the lack of effort in the two last games the Habs have played that is the problem.I believe it’s more a lack of confidence.Until, the players start believing in themselves and each other,the problem will remain.No coaching or gm change, or trade,can fix that,it’s up to the players.

  6. Too bad for max
    The doomsday scenario for the habs has begun……
    Philly, then a home and home with the bruins?
    Martin is gone by the end of the week.
    Hello Bob Hartley!!!!