NHL Canadian Corner – January 14, 2012.

Mike Cammalleri and Rene Bourque hoping for fresh starts with their new teams…Senators will lean on workhorse goalie Craig Anderson…Jets reaching critical point in the season…Oilers deserve a bag skate after embarrassing loss to Ducks…Leafs lose their first game this month…A comic comparison of Alex Burrows and Brad Marchand.

CALGARY SUN/LA PRESSE: New Calgary Flames winger Mike Cammalleri and new Montreal Canadiens winger Rene Bourque are hoping for fresh starts. They were dealt for each other on Thursday night.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The debate continues amongst Canadiens and Flames fans over which club got the better of this deal. We’ll likely have this settled in a few weeks time after these two have played a few games for their new teams.

Senators to lean on Anderson.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators goaltender Craig Anderson will make his 8th straight start when his club meets the Canadiens today. He’s unlikely to get many games off over the rest of the season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Anderson was used to a heavy workload with the Colorado Avalanche. The Senators will be counting on him to adjust as well to it this season as he did two years ago with the Avs.

WINNIPEG SUN: Having lost four of their last five games, the Winnipeg Jets have reached a fork in the road, which will determine if they’ll make the playoffs or falter as they did last season and drop out of the post-season race.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have the talent and experience now to rally and clinch a playoff berth. The question is, do they believe they can do it?

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones noted the Oilers skill competition is slated for today, but after an embarrassing loss to the Anaheim Ducks, he believes it should also include a bag skate.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs suffered their first loss of January, falling 3-2 to the Buffalo Sabres.

VANCOUVER SUN: Presents how Vancouver’s Alex Burrows and Boston’s Brad Marchand are perceived in both cities.


  1. The 2 wild-cards will decide as to who wins the Montreal-Calgary trade. If Feaster can convince Ramo to return to the NHL, and if he plays well, then Calgary wins the trade. If the second round pick obtained by the Habs turns out to be a useful player, then the Habs win the trade. Therefore, longer term, it will take a few years to know who won the trade.

    Short term, both teams get something useful. Calgary gains a potential star, while the Habs gain cap relief and a big body.

  2. The flames won the deal hands down. They got a guy who wants to win and traded a guy who floats. Even though they save 3 Million, if PG is around to use the money next year it is going to be wasted anyway.

  3. if the sens had a better goalie they could be dangerous.

  4. Seems to me every time the Leafs walk into Buffalo , they somehow manage to find a way to lose.