Flames Curtis Glencross sidelined by knee injury…Senators shooting for first overall in the East…Sami Salo working hard to return to Canucks…Jaroslav Spacek speaks out about the Canadiens…Nazem Kadri’s fate is in his hands…Jets’ Mark Stuart paying a physical price for his style of play…Oilers rookie Anton Lander struggling to score.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Curtis Glencross could miss the next six weeks to an MCL injury.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: This is a serious blow to their offensive attack. They’ll look to Alex Tanguay or Brendan Morrison to return to action soon.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators have their sights set on first overall in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hard to believe, but the Sens are only two points out of first overall. Heady times for a team few expected to even make the playoffs, let alone fly this high in the standings.

Salo hoping to return soon to Canucks blueline.

VANCOUVER SUN:  Defenseman Sami Salo is hoping to return to the Canucks as soon as possible, though the club might sit him a little longer to ensure he’s made a full recovery from injuries suffered when he was “submarined” by Boston’s Brad Marchand earlier this month.

RDS.CA: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Jaroslav Spacek recently commented on the plight of his former team, the Montreal Canadiens, saying he was glad to be away from the circus.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rather than getting upset or defensive, the Canadiens and their followers might want to consider the wisdom of Spacek’s words. After all, how can the Canadiens improve by enticing quality free agents, or retaining their best players, given the current atmosphere surrounding the team?

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri acknowledges his fate is in his own hands to seize the opportunity to become a full-fledged NHL player.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Leafs fans have been waiting for Kadri to break out and play up to the expectations that comes with being a former first round pick. The slow development has resulted in Kadri getting mentioned in trade rumors.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Mark Stuart’s physical play has taken a toll upon his body, but he accepts it as part of the game.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Like his teammates, Oilers rookie Anton Lander is struggling to score.

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4 Responses to NHL Canadian Corner – January 21, 2012.

  1. FireWilson says:

    Keep Lupul with Kadri and watch his production and confidence fly.

  2. SmielmaN says:

    If you play hockey in Montreal you need to do one thing: PLAY HOCKEY. so theres lots of ppl waiting to interview you, big deal. You get paid millions of dollars, suck it up buttercup. You definitely have to have thick skin to play there and I’d you like to just play hockey and go home then play in Columbus/nashville/phoenix/carolina/Florida, collect your paycheck, and shut your mouth. Eric cole doesn’t seem to mind? Koivu could care less about speaking French, fought guys in practice, and he captained the team for 9years! He was the last captain to lead the team to first in the conference. All he did was play hard all the time. Price doesn’t seem to care about the media anymore since he told them to basically “fuck off” in last years preseason. He’s happy to play hockey, get cheered, then on his days off go rope some cattle. I’m sorry guys but when your paid like these guys are and pampered in jets, hotels, retreats, bonuses, celebrity status then you have to deal with the “show” that comes with it. You don’t think Phanuef or Kessel were sick of some of the same questions they had to answer when the Leafs were sitting lower in the standings? Darn right they were but they aren’t bitching about it. Spacek should have kept his mouth shut considering he seemed like he didn’t want to leave Montreal anyways.
    Rant over.
    Actually, how about this: hey spacek, on behalf of Habs fans it’s good to see you gone so we don’t have to watch a almost 4 million dollar player skate slow, hit no one, put up no points, and slap guys when he gets into his single “fight” of his career. Glad the “circus” got rid of their bearded lady(spaco!).

  3. gameon63 says:

    funny how after all of Horton’s whining about how Rome “only” sent him a text after his injury that Marchand hasn’t contacted Salo in any way to apologize for the actions that left Sami suffering from a concussion. Brendan Shanahan left no doubt how he and the league felt about Marchand’s hit calling it predatory but only suspended him for 5 games. i doubt Marchand or the Bruins will change their style so hopefully the league tires of their bully boy tactics and suspensions start to come a little more frequently.

  4. Brad says:

    SmielmaN…..Actually, how about this: hey spacek, on behalf of Habs fans it’s good to see you gone so we don’t have to watch a almost 4 million dollar player skate slow, hit no one, put up no points, and slap guys when he gets into his single “fight” of his career. Glad the “circus” got rid of their bearded lady(spaco!). It sounds like you guys have another Spacek on your hands that goes by the name of Kaberle!!

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