NHL Canadian Corner – January 1, 2012.

An in-depth look at Leafs star Phil Kessel…P.K. Subban the target of a racial slur…Olli Jokinen plays his 1,000th NHL game…Bobby Butler the shootout hero for Senators…Canucks fall to the Kings…Oilers drop seventh straight…Jets shoot down the Leafs.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle looks at the career of Toronto Maple Leafs scoring star Phil Kessel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This appeared in the Globe and Mail on December 30th. My apologies for not seeing this sooner. Great piece by Mirtle.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban was apparently the target of a racial slur by Florida Panthers enforce Krys Barch during the Habs 3-2 loss to the Panthers on Saturday. Subban claimed he never heard the slur, but a linesman overhead it and ejected Barch.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s now up to the league to decide if there will be supplemental discipline. If Barch said what the linesman claimed he said, this could result in a suspension.

Jokinen plays 1, 000th NHL game.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Olli Jokinen played in his 1, 000th NHL game against Nashville on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jokinen downplayed the achievement prior to the game, but it’s obviously a significant milestone.

OTTAWA SUN: Bobby Butler was the shootout hero for the Senators, scoring the winning goal as the Sens downed the Buffalo Sabres 3-2.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks dropped a listless 4-1 decision to the Los Angeles Kings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL:The Oilers lost their seventh straight road game, falling to the NY Islanders 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like another mid-season anticipating which players the Oilers will trade by the deadline. Bye bye, Hemsky.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets downed the Maple Leafs 3-2 in the latter’s first visit to Winnipeg this season. The loss knocked the Maple Leafs out of a playoff position, vaulting the Jets to seventh overall.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like my pre-season prediction of the Jets becoming a playoff contender may be coming true.


  1. The Leafs will continue to falter until Burke steps up and does as my name suggests.

  2. No question . This is one of the things you expect coaches to fix . In the past you thought it was lack of talent but now it can only be coaches the talent is there

  3. Ron Wilson announced his own contract extension. Let’s hope Burke allows him the same privilege when he’s fired – soon, please!

  4. I’ve had enough of Wilson for quite some time now and the sooner he’s sent packing the better

  5. There is three and half months left of hockey left. The Leafs are two points away from a playoff spot and a game in hand over Ottawa. No need to panic.