NHL Canadian Corner – February 21, 2012.

The Flames now must hang onto playoff berth…Khabibulin sidelined…Addition of David Booth right one for Canucks…Leafs unconcerned by Connolly’s low production…Jets playoff hopes…Senators shut out Islanders…Andrei Markov to travel with Habs.

CALGARY SUN: Now that the Flames hold a playoff berth, the trick now is to hang onto it.

Oilers lose Khabibulin to groin injury.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers goalie Nikolai Khabibulin is out a week with a groin strain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers were shopping him, that could seriously hurt his market value, given his injury history.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks made the right move adding David Booth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Agreed, he’s had to struggle through injuries and post-concussion, but with 22 points in 33 games, he’s a good addition to the Canucks.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs aren’t concerned over Tim Connolly’s lack of production, earning praise from coach Ron Wilson, particularly for his penalty-killing.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs knew what they were getting when they signed Connolly: a talented center with an injury history.While his offensive production isn’t worth what they’re paying him, his contributions elsewhere has made him a good depth addition at center.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets recent improvement has them back in playoff contention, exciting players and fans alike.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Making the playoffs would be the cherry on the sundae for Jets fans.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators rolled to an easy 6-0 victory over the NY Islanders, led by Erik Karlsson (2 goals, 2 assists) and Jason Spezza (2 goals).

RDS.CA: Several Canadiens are trying to recover from injuries, including Andrei Markov and Travis Moen. Markov will travel with the team this week, but isn’t expected to play.


  1. Well this is very interesting, if Markov is traveling with the team he must be close to practicing. I think the habs will hold onto Moen and he will likely get a 2-3 yr deal 1.5-1.75 million. I read that the Jackets and the Canadiens we talking, I wonder if they are looking at JR Umburger? It will be very interesting if the habs win against Dallas and then if they manage to beat both the Panthers and Caps, what P.G will do at the deadline. The next few days will certainly answer these questions.

  2. It’s too bad about Khabby’s groin injury….but not as bad as it is for Oklahoma City…..they lose their number 1 goalie Jan Danis to the parent club when all accounts from the minors say he’s been everything the Oil Barons could have wanted and more. Is the likelihood that he will play in the NHL or ride the bench as Dubnyk;s backup? Knowing the coaching history….he’ll be riding the pine….in that case….a brutal loss to OKC

  3. burke makes alot of good trades, but alot of bad signings.

  4. I know that everyone says that Karlsson isn’t defensive enough, but how can he not be considered the run away winner for the Norris right now? Leading defenseman in run away fashion in points, has a great +/-, leads defenseman in shots! The kid has been stellar and isn’t a slouch on defense by any stretch. Hopefully Sens management doesn’t F up the Karlsson-Cowan duo of the future like they did the Chara-Redden one.

  5. JJB, the Chara / Redden situation was quite different as the team at that time was at the cap and had to make the decision of keeping one over the other. Looking back now and saying they chose the wrong guy to keep is easy in hindsight however there were other factors involved as well, which I won’t bother to go into. The current team is well below the cap so there is little chance they will have to choose one over the other any time soon, if ever.

  6. mikeg: What would make things even more interesting if Buffalo also wins in overtime against the Islanders.

  7. Gustavsonn was horrible tonight, leafs outplayed devils most of the game I thought. With such a young team it was kind of impressive they got the 1 point, when every time you turn around your goalie lets a soft one in. They need to ride Reiner the rest of the way, can’t get any confidence if you keep switching goalies every night.