Fallout from the Flames-Canucks brawl, plus updates on Jason Spezza, Evander Kane, David Perron, Brian Gionta and Tim Gleason.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY HERALD: Canucks coach John Tortorella faces a disciplinary hearing today over his attempt to confront Flames coach Bob Hartley in the Flames dressing room following a brawl-filled first period of their Saturday game. Hartley claimed to be puzzled by Tortorella’s reaction over the Flames starting their fourth liners (some of them enforcers) for the game.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think Hartley was trying to put the Canucks off their game but that doesn’t excuse Tortorella’s reaction. It’s one thing to be upset about that tactic but not to the degree of trying to confront the rival coach during intermission in his own dressing room. Tortorella will likely be suspended, it’s just a question of how long.
OTTAWA SUN: With only five points in his last 12 games, Senators captain Jason Spezza acknowledged he needs to snap out of his scoring slump.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Senators are to clinch a playoff berth they need Spezza’s offensive contributions.
WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane (hand injury) is due to return soon to the Jets lineup.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Perron finally snapped out of his recent scoring slump.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Following a string of inconsistency in which the Canadiens win a game then lose one, captain Brian Gionta admitted his club can be “a very average team”
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If note for the hot streak they went through in late-November to early-December, the Canadiens would be barely clinging to a playoff berth.
TORONTO SUN: Maple Leaf defenseman Tim Gleason is quickly fitting in with his new club. Gleason was recently acquired from the Carolina Hurricanes.