NHL Canadian Corner – January 13, 2014

Jets replace coach Claude Noel with Paul Maurice, the Leafs edge the Devils, Oilers fall to the Blackhawks, an update on Jason Garrison plus the latest on the Canadiens, Senators and Flames. 

Paul Maurice is the new head coach of the Jets.

Paul Maurice is the new head coach of the Jets.

WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Winnipeg Jets fired head coach Claude Noel on Sunday, replacing him with former Hurricanes and Maple Leafs bench boss Paul Maurice. Ed Tait reports Maurice will have his work cut out for him addressing the Jets current problems, which includes improving their defensive play, figuring out where to play Dustin Byfuglien and instilling confidence in a dispirited roster.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This coaching change was expected, though the hiring of Maurice surprised me. The Jets are floundering and there’s no trades management could make this season to significantly improve their performance. If the Jets fail to get better under Maurice over the rest of this season, major roster changes could take place in the off-season.

TORONTO STAR: James van Riemsdyk scored the winner in a shootout and Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs snapped their four-game losing skid with a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils.

EDMONTON SUN: The Chicago Blackhawks overcame Patrick Kane inadvertently scoring in his own net to down the Edmonton Oilers 5-3.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Jason Garrison has struggled of late.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren lists several reasons behind the Senators recent turnaround, including goalie Craig Anderson regaining his strong form and the improved play of the defense.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators have climbed to within two points of a wild card berth in the Eastern Conference.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens enjoyed Sunday off following their 2-1 overtime win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE; They deserved it. That was a big win for the Habs in a very entertaining game.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames hope their moral victory in their loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins will help them in tonight’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes.


  1. Iam not sure how Chevaldayoff has escaped and scrutiny, as he has done nothing in the Peg, I think ownership should be more upset that the development of the team has been unattended since they moved their. This is more concerning than the coach. Chevadayoff has done absolutely nothing since arriving.

    The Budz are in around 20th place right now and can not get a regulation win or beat lower standing teams right now, it may the end of the playoff dream for this year very soon, there is no fire in the team and why McLaren and Orr are playing at all is beyond me at this point, they could Ice 4 deep lines that could contribute better than McLaren Ashton and Orr, that’s alarming.

  2. The Maurice hiring must mean they want to tank the season to get a top five pick otherwise there is no other explanation.

    The Leafs won and all is good in Leaf land once again so we should start planning a parade route. Good to know the only way the players actually try is when they are not in a playoff spot.

  3. Ive been posting for almost a year now for the leafs to make a major play for the likes of Wheeler Bogosian and Kane and now Ladd …finally read this morning on TSN NHL site they are all in trade talks right now and available …this would be a perfect scenario and MAJOR chance for Nonis to swing a major deal to get this done …Leaf players as Ive said and very popular in Winnipeg as most Jets fans were Leaf fans before they moved back …this could not only be a very good trade option but very good PR for the jets moving forward taking on some popular decent Leaf players …..it may be a good move for both teams HOWEVER …Nonis needs to be swift and bold …and not be shy in the deal …you have to give up something to get something and BOTH these teams need a major shake up other than coaching….IMO

    • I would think the Jets would like to keep Bogo and Kane but who knows. Like I said they must be planning on tanking this season because they hired Maurice. I mean how does this guy keep getting coaching jobs? Only thing I can figure is he’s a lame duck coach during another rebuild.

  4. D’Amigo down Holland back up. Let the tinkering continue. So Holland was told he was being sent down because they didn’t want to stunt his growth sticking him on the forth line. D’Amigo was playing the 4th line from what I remember. WTF?

    • yea. not much of a move for the buds. but for the young guns, word is out that if you play well in the ahl, you’ll get your chance. d’amigo, ashton, and now holland had good stints in the minors and got rewarded. that may be all that this move is about.