In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canadiens react to management’s firing of assistant coach Perry Pearn…Canucks sputtering offense…Tim Connolly looks forward to his season debut tonight against the NY Rangers…Taylor Hall’s Twitter account hacked…Why the Senators are sending Mika Zibanejad back to Sweden…No serious injury for Jets’ Slater…Flames down Avs 4-2.
RDS.CA: Montreal Canadiens players were shocked by the news prior to their game last night against the Philadelphia Flyers assistant coach Perry Pearn had been fired. The Canadiens would down the Flyer 5-1, for their second win of the season, and their first on home ice.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pearn has been called “the scapegoat” for the Habs struggles this season, but there may be something to the decision to fire him. He was in charge of the Canadiens defense and special teams, which have been weak points for the club thus far this season. Still, the timing of the move certainly caught everyone off guard, and has to be considered a “shot across the bow” by management toward the roster and the rest of the coaching staff.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks offense showed no life in their 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues. Currently, the Canucks are 16th overall offensively, and appear to have fallen into a pattern of taking it easy in the first two periods, then pouring it on in the third.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hey, you mean it’s not all Roberto Luongo’s fault? Gee, I’m shocked, shocked, I tells ya!
TORONTO SUN: Tim Connolly will make his regular season debut against the NY Rangers tonight in the latter’s home opener.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans will be looking forward to his debut, hoping he’ll become that first line center and set up man Phil Kessel’s been lacking since the latter arrived in Toronto two seasons ago.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Taylor Hall apologized to Oilers fans after he discovered his Twitter account had been hacked and someone left disparaging remarks about Oilers fans.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan reports money had a lot to do with the Senators decision to send young forward Mika Zibanejad back to Sweden for the rest of the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It certainly did, as the first season of his entry level contract would’ve counted toward the Senators payroll had he played more than nine games this season. Given how Zibanejad appeared to struggle to adjust to NHL regular season play, it would do him some good to return to Sweden for another year of seasoning.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets center Jim Slater was relieved not to have suffered a concussion after taking an accidental hit to the head from Brandon Sutter during the Jets 5-3 win over the Carolina Hurricanes last week.
CALGARY SUN: Miikka Kiprusoff made 19 save and rookie Roman Horak had two points (including his first NHL goal) as the Flames downed the Colorado Avalanche 4-2.