NHL Canadian Corner – February 18, 2012.

It’s a confusing time for Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn…Jets winger Blake Wheeler has a big night against his former team…Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais carry Canadiens to rare shoot-out win… Flames Mike Cammalleri fitting in at center…Canucks defenseman Keith Ballard sidelined beyond the trade deadline…Devan Dubnyk shaky in goal as Oilers fall to Avalanche…Senators learning to be more scrappy.


Will Schenn still be a Leaf after the trade deadline?

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn was a surprise scratch against the Edmonton Oilers, fueling rumors he could be dealt, while coach Ron Wilson said he wants Schenn to be more physical, adding Schenn was merely scratched to allow other blueliners a chance to play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Meanwhile, the trade watch on Schenn persists, linking him to Philadelphia (James van Riemsdyk) and Columbus (Rick Nash and/or Jeff Carter).

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets winger Blake Wheeler had a three-point night against his former team, as Winnipeg downed the Boston Bruins 4-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets hope to make the playoffs, they’ll need more performances like this from Wheeler in the coming weeks.

LA PRESSE: Max Pacioretty and David Desharnais carried the Canadiens to a rare shoot-out win, edging the Buffalo Sabres 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pacioretty and Desharnais have been among the few bright spots in an otherwise crappy season for the Habs, providing a measure of optimism for Canadiens fans looking ahead to next season.

CALGARY HERALD: Mike Cammalleri is settling in comfortably at center for the Flames. Cammalleri last played center in his early NHL days with the LA Kings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Remains to be seen how long and how well he’ll perform there, but as the piece noted, he could fill that much need second line center role for the Flames.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Defenseman Keith Ballard will be out of the Canucks lineup with a suspected neck injury until March 1st at the earliest.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Devan Dubnyk was shaky between the pipes as the Oilers fell 3-1 to the Colorado Avalanche.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators employ a “fight coach” to help some of their players learn how to handle themselves if they have to engage in a hockey fight.


  1. Ryan white is playing with his heart on his sleeve and I’m loving it. He has helped Gomez and AK a lot since joining them. Hopefully it continues. 6 pts out looks a lot better than 11-13 pts out like they were a couple weeks ago. Let’s see what happens Sunday.

    I thought Schenn was always hitting? Haven’t seen many leaf games lately, has he changed his game up or look like he’s playing hurt?

  2. I really liked schenns play against Pittsburgh a couple weeks ago, he was going head to head against Malkin and faired pretty well, if he could only be more consistent on a night to night basis. As for the trade rumors, I think the leafs are more likely to deal either gunnerson or franson if it is a trade with Philly seeing as they just added a schenn type player.
    I really like the play of pacioretty, he really is one of the only good things to come out of this season for the habs.
    I didn’t know that teams hired coaches to teach fighting?


    First rule of Fight Coach is there is no Fight Coach!

  4. Luke Schenn might play better for another coach, one who would put him in a position to succeed and keep him there. Schenn’s played left defense, right defense, with several partners and, of course, the Ron Wilson healthy scratch in the press box position. Can’t wait for Ron Wilson to be a healthy scratch – permanently. He could tweat while he’s up there in the press box.

  5. BCFan you’re so right, I mean a young player who’s a previous top 5 draft pick should play regardless of how (poorly) he is actually been playing lately.

  6. Love him or hate him, Brian Burke has usually been a pretty good judge of players and ability. If he is willing to give up on Schenn, that would speak volumes to me, especially when it may be for another player who is under-performing (JVR).