NHL Canadian Corner – December 31, 2011.

Daniel Alfredsson pots his 400th goal as Senators edge the Flames…An interview with Canucks GM Mike Gillis…Five reasons for the Maple Leafs current slump…Tomas Plekanec’s ice time reduced…Andy Sutton returns from suspension…The Winnipeg Jets year in review.


Alfredsson pots his 400th career goal with OT winner over Flames.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/CALGARY HERALD: Daniel Alfredsson’s overtime winner was also his 400th career NHL goal, as the Senators rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: A nice, dramatic way to reach such a notable career milestone. Congratulations to Alfredsson on his achievement. Meanwhile, Flames captain Jarome Iginla is still in pursuit of career goal 500.

VANCOUVER SUN: Interviewed Canucks GM Mike Gillis, who expressed confidence about his club’s prospects for 2012, citing their depth in goal and defense, plus their speed and scoring.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I don’t doubt the Canucks will be among the top teams in the Western Conference again this season, but they’ll find a return to the Cup Final considerably tougher this season, especially if they meet their rivals from Chicago and San Jose again in the post-season.

TORONTO SUN: Five reasons for the Maple Leafs current funk, including the struggling James Reimer and their penalty killing woes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I hate to say it, but it appears the season-killing slump which doomed the Leafs last season has reappeared, only later in the season. They’re a better team than they were a year ago, but they’ve got to get better in goal and with their defensive play if they hope to make the playoffs.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Center Tomas Plekanec has been moved to the Canadiens third line as new head coach Randy Cunneyworth tries to find some chemistry amongst his forwards.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Andy Sutton has returned from his second suspension this season, and will have to make adjustments to his physical style to avoid further suspensions.

WINNIPEG SUN: A look back at the Jets return to Winnipeg.


  1. The Habs vets have sure disappointed this year…

  2. Well if Spector is right, I guess we can all sing ” Here comes the slide..There goes the pride”

  3. I love Reims but still think he needs a solid vet behind him teaching him the game, calming him down, helping him develop and providing leadership. I WISH we had kept JSG but signed him to that nice low contract.

  4. Re the Canucks returning to the cup final, it’s only Chicago that would seem to pose an improved threat over last season. Detroit are always dangerous but remain virtually unchanged and San Jose don’t appear to have made any improvement over last year’s edition. Unless another team gets explosively hot at the start of the playoffs that’s about it for the West. The East however is a different story as Boston looks to be the best team in the league this season. Pittsburgh an improved unit as well.