NHL Canadian Corner – December 28, 2011.

Canadiens new head coach gets his first win…Flames GM Jay Feaster reflects on his first year in the job…Leafs John Michael Liles out with concussion…Canucks defense not missing Christian Ehrhoff…Jets finally in a playoff spot…Oilers question Weise decision.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/OTTAWA SUN: Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth finally got his first win, as his desperate team defeated the Ottawa Senators 6-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The floundering Canadiens needed that win, but they’ll have to start stringing a few more together and climb up in the standings if they’re to silence the critics.

CALGARY SUN: Jay Feaster reflects on his first year as Flames general manager.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s done a good job so far of cutting out the dead wood and clearing up cap space, but he still has considerable work ahead of him in turning this team into more than an at-best marginal playoff contender.

Liles sidelined by concussion.

TORONTO SUN: Concussion epidemic claims Leafs defenseman John-Michael Liles.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There is no concussion epidemic. Just ask the league, they’ll tell you.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks defense continues to power on without Christian Ehrhoff, who was dealt away in late June when it was apparent he and management couldn’t agree on a new contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Who woulda thought the Canucks defense was more than just one player? For those who don’t recognize it, that’s sarcasm.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets have climbed into a playoff berth by downing the Colorado Avalanche 4-1.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers aren’t happy with the league’s decision not to suspend Vancouver Canucks winger Dale Weise for his questionable hit on defenseman Alex Plante.

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  1. Of course the oilers aren’t happy, sutton is sitting for 13 games this year for plays where no one was injured, and yet another Canuck player seriously injures a oiler on a dirty hit, wrecking plante’s face, and it goes under the radar of shanaban and his group of merry men. Wait it’s not that it went under the radar, it’s that it wasn’t the other way around. It’s clear there are two lists of teams. Teams that get suspended, teams that get tickled.