Canadian Corner – September 21, 2011.

In today’s roundup of Canadian NHL team headlines: Flames Tanguay already in mid-season form…Oilers put together “Tre Kroner” line…Cody Hodgson looks good in first pre-season split-squad game…Jets prospect Mark Scheifele stars in first pre-season split-squad game…Senators look to younger veterans to fill in for departed vets…Canadiens Cammalleri sees room for improvement…Leafs sloppy play costs them against Flyers.

CALGARY HERALD: reported Flames winger Alex Tanguay appeared to be in mid-season form with two points in his team’s 5-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks in pre-season action Tuesday night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s only one game and a preseason one at that, but if this performance is any indication of what to expect from Tanguay this season, he’ll silence the notion that last season’s bounce-back effort was a one-off.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: reports Oilers coach Tom Renney put together a “Tre Kroner” line of Magnus Paajarvi, Linus Omark and Anton Lander for Tuesday’s game against Minnesota.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The line factored on two of the Oilers three goals in a 4-3 split-squad loss to the Wild.  Remains to be seen how long they’ll stay together, or if they’ll last into the regular season.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: reports forward Cody Hodgson was the one bright spot in the Canucks split-squad loss to Calgary on Tuesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be a “make-or-break” season for Hodgson with the Canucks, so he’ll have to step it up for every game.

WINNIPEG SUN: reports Canucks Jets 2011 first round pick Mark Scheifele shone in the Jets first pre-season home game, in which he netted two goals and two assists in a split-squad 6-1 victory over Columbus.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen if Scheifele will still be with the club when the regular season begins, let alone how long he’ll be with the club if he makes it that far, but last night’s effort was a promising start, and if he keeps up that effort, he’ll make it tough for the Jets to send him back to Junior.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports the Senators will look toward younger veterans like Mike Foligno and Peter Regin to pick up the slack from departed veterans.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is the opportunity those younger Senators need to seize if they hope to cement themselves as established vets long-term with the club.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: reports Canadiens winger Mike Cammalleri believes there’s still considerable room for improvement for his team following a 6-3 defeat to the Dallas Stars in their opening pre-season game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully overly-anxious Habs fans will remember Carey Price’s advice about pre-season play from a year ago.

TORONTO STAR: reports sloppy play by the Maple Leafs was to blame for their lackluster 4-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.



  1. That goal last night was vintage Tanguay…hasn’t lost a step

  2. reports JETS 2011 first round pick Mark Scheifele #corrections

  3. I like Tanguay. I really do, but let’s be realistic. He played well against a bunch of players that didn’t play in the NHL last year. He wasn’t playing against the top two lines for the Canucks. He wasn’t even playing against the top two lines for the Moose/Wolves! If the Flames didn’t win that game, icing 2/3rds of their starting roster then they would be the laughing stock of the league!

    Mid-season form? Oh please…

  4. Agreed cowtown canuck – and not just ’cause I’m a Canucks fan, too. A lot of these pre-season games feature an NHL roster versus a non-NHL roster. If a player shines, it DOES mean they’re in game shape. It DOESN’T mean they’re going to tear it up in the regular season.

    Hodgson will get his chance at the beginning of this year, and if he makes the cut, there might be change afoot in Vancouver – and by change, I don’t mean trades or demotions. We might see Ryan Kesler move to the wing again (like he did with Mats Sundin, and with the Sedins on the powerplay), or even Hodgson himself playing the wing.

  5. @cowtown canuck, Vancanfan: Of course you would agree both of you are canuck fans, but same thing can be said about the line up of veterans in vancity, canucks iced a line up of veterans vs a bunch AHLers, thats why its called PRE-Season, to see in what shape the clubs starters are, it would be stupid to say that they came in fat or out of shape or limping, get where im going with this? These are merely games to see how the progression of the farm teams are . The real deal is when they both hook up for the first game of the season.

    Besides that these two clubs have some great prospects for the future, hopefully they can develope into good everyday players. Jensen & Baertschi looked good, really like Lack, he seems like a very good goalie prospect aswell. all in all its great to have hockey back on the tube even if they are meaningless farm team games!

  6. And Canuck fans wonder why no one likes them…

  7. Why would you move a selke trophy winner to the wing?

  8. Look, it wasn’t a knock against Tanguay or the Flames. It was a crack at the Calgary media (who I read and listen to every day) who apparently have pencilled in Tanguay for 80+ points already.
    And losalvz, it wasn’t ” a bunch AHLers” unless you plan on sending the following players to Abbotsford:
    Tom Kostopolous
    Alex Tanguay
    Lee Stempniak
    Rene Bourque
    Mark Giordano
    Tim Jackman
    Matt Stajan
    Olli Jokinen
    Scott Hannan
    Mikka Kiprusoff
    Henrik Karlsson