NHL Canadian Corner – April 21, 2012.

Canucks goalies Luongo and Schneider downplay “goalie controversy”, Senators captain Alfredsson not expected to play in Game Five against Rangers, Nugent-Hopkins a finalist for Calder Trophy, Jets’ American stars skipping World Hockey Championships, Patrick Roy would consider job offer from Canadiens, and Maple Leafs bring in famous Canadian figure skater to work with their young players.


Controversy? What controversy?

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goaltenders Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider are downplaying any hint of a “goalie controversy”. Schneider has taken over as the club’s starter midway through their series against the LA Kings, fueling speculation Luongo could be dealt in the off-season. For more on Luongo, visit the “Rumors” section.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson, still suffering post-concussion symptoms, didn’t travel with the team to New York, and isn’t expected to be in the lineup for Game Five of their series against the Rangers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers rookie star Ryan Nugent-Hopkins was named among the three finalists for the Calder Trophy. To date, no Oiler has ever won the award.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets stars Dustin Byfuglien, Zach Bogosian and Blake Wheeler have turned down requests to play for Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Quebec Remparts owner/GM/coach Patrick Roy said he would consider a job offer from the Montreal Canadiens, but to date claims he hasn’t been contacted by them or any other NHL team. Wash, rinse, repeat if necessary…

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs have hired renowned Canadian figure skater Barbara Underhill to work with their young players to improve their skating. Anyone who mocks the Leafs for doing this has no business being a hockey fan. NHL players and teams have a long history of employing figure skaters and their coaches to teach “power skating” to young players. Underhill is credited with improving the skating of Rangers forward Brian Boyle.


  1. Way back in the 70s, I took figure skating lessons to improve my balance and effeciency, not a crazy idea at all. I surprised teams with deep pockets don’t have these mentors at the minor league levels.

  2. Landeskog will be the CALDER WINNER !

    I still think he should have went first overall !!!

    I was praying the Leafs would trade up for him at that time !!! Great talent pure bread hckey player !

  3. I am glad to see that a number of players are saying “No Thanks” to playing for their country at the World Hockey Championships. While I do believe players need to pay back to organizations that helped them develop the skills needed to become NHL players, I also believe that holding the WHC while the Stanley Cup playoffs are still going on is a mistake. Some of, if not the majority of the best NHL players are still fighting it out for the Silver Chalice. How can you call something a World Championship if it doesn’t have the best players in the world competing in it?
    The Olympics, if the NHL players participate, can legitimately be called a World Championship but there is no way this tournament qualifies for that title.
    I don’t know the best way to get around the obstacle of the NHL playoff situation, or even holding the championships during the All Star break would even be a consideration, but I do know that this format, at this specific time of year, doesn’t work. I can easily see more and more players begging off after a grueling 82 game regular season and at least one round of playoff hockey.