NHL Canadian Corner – April 24, 2012.

Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson upset over his team’s effort in their Game Six loss to the Rangers, the latest post-playoff fallout for the Canucks, and Oilers star Jordan Eberle  is nominated for the Lady Byng trophy.


Senators lose Game Six, Alfredsson loses his temper.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson was so unhappy with his club’s performance during its 3-2 loss to the NY Rangers last night that he lost his temper on the bench. He was particularly upset over the benching of the struggling first power-play unit in the third period by head coach Paul MacLean. The Rangers evened the series with the win, forcing a seventh and deciding game Thursday night back in New York.

VANCOUVER SUN: Cam Cole believes Canucks GM Mike Gillis and head coach Alain Vigneault must answer for the Canucks early exit from the playoffs, Iain MacIntyre wondered if Vigneault and Gillis – whose critics  believe should be fired – even want to return next season,  and Brad Ziemer criticized Gillis’ poor trade record this season, as acquisitions David Booth, Marc-Andre Gragnani and Zach Kassian did nothing to help the club in the post-season.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma reports Canucks center Ryan Kesler may have finished the playoffs with a shoulder injury.

EDMONTON SUN/EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Jordan Eberle is among the finalists for the Lady Byng trophy. He’s the second Oiler nominated for an NHL award this season, as center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins has been nominated for the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.


  1. It is one early exit. Sometimes things like this happen. Regroup and try again next year. I think they get another shot.

  2. This is not rocket science people,the canucks are simply a team that lack’s strong leadership, ie GM & coach,for the 2 of them giving up on cory H. ENOUGH said,srike 1 & there is no goalie controversy,who in ther right mind unless they are off their meds would make their goalie captain of the team,& what goalie would accept the offer? (big ego)…Long overdue management lacks confidents & leadership & direction…trade you know who..R.L.get a bonafide goal scorer,ie R.N. and get the show on the road…in fact I could have done a better job of managing the team….no excuses…tis team needs some character players & toughness come on people voice your opinions….

  3. As I stated long before the playoffs began, this version of the Vancouver Canucks were not built for the crashing and banging of the post season. I put this squarely on the shoulders of GM Mike Gillis. He made some moves that could have helped the team and some that people are still scratching their head about. Next comes the coaching. Knowing that most goals in the NHL, especially in the playoffs, come from within 6 feet of the net he continually had players cycling the puck with no one going to or being in front of the net to receive a pass. Same goes for the power play. Very seldom did they have anyone willing to stand in front of the net and battle to impede the goalies vision or bang in rebounds.
    As is usual after an embarrassing ousting in the first round every part of the team is put under a microscope and when you really examine the coaching it leaves much to be desired.
    Last year the Bruins did the Canucks a favour and exposed their weaknesses and shortcomings as well as cemented their strengths, so with that in mind the GM did not get any proven hard nosed players and the coach did not change his game plans or demand more of certain players. How are you going to succeed if you don’t get bigger and stronger? The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
    I do not consider myself a hockey expert but rather an avid hockey fan and prior to the playoffs I predicted that the zcanucks weren’t built for the playoffs and that they would go out in 4 if not 5 games. As a Canucks fan I hated to see my prediction come true but why is it that Wei the fans can see these deficiencies but the experts in their management can’t?

    Luongo must be moved and if management chooses to move Schneider instead then they are not fit to manage this franchise.

  4. Ryan Kesler may have finished the playoffs with a shoulder injury.

    I wonder if we can go back to the video and watch all of his dives to see which one of them caused the injury.

    Sorry, that was cheap, but it felt nice.