NHL Canadian Corner – January 23, 2013.

The Jets down the Capitals, the Canadiens beat the Panthers, the Sharks bite the Oilers, plus the latest on the Canucks, Maple Leafs, Senators and Flames.

WINNIPEG SUN/WASHINGTON POST: Evander Kane scored and set up another and Ondrej Pavelec made 32 saves as the Winnipeg Jets doubled up the struggling Washington Capitals 4-2, dropping the latter’s record to 0-2 for the first time since 1996-97.

Andrei Markov scored twice in Canadiens win over Panthers.

Andrei Markov scored twice in Canadiens win over Panthers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/MIAMI HERALD: Andrei Markov scored twice and Alexander Galchenyuk potted his first NHL goal as the Canadiens downed the Florida Panthers 4-1.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Markov’s performance should soothe those fans nervous over how the injury-plagued blueliner would fare this season. He saw plenty of playing time over in the KHL, which should prove beneficial over the course of this intense 48-game schedule.

MERCURYNEWS.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The San Jose Sharks spoiled the Edmonton Oilers home opener, scoring six goals in the first period to cruise to a 6-3 victory. Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture each scored twice, while Joe Thornton collected three assists. Rookies Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov, along with Taylor Hall, tallied for the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like those “Luongo-to-Edmonton” rumors could grind back to life. It was a bad game for Dubnyk, but I expect Oilers management will remain patient with him as their starter.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider gets the nod in goal for the Canucks as they face off against the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Vancouver pundits are freaking out because GM Mike Gillis hasn’t moved Roberto Luongo yet, claiming this creates a difficult situation for Luongo and Schneider sharing the goaltending duties. If there were any issue between the two, I believe Gillis would’ve moved Luongo by now. “Bobby Lu” has been the consummate teammate while awaiting a trade, not kicking up a fuss over being relegated to backing up Schneider. Again, it appears the only people having “issues” over this situation are the Vancouver media. 

TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: The legendary Wayne Gretzky was reportedly approached about being part of an American bid for the minority shares of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, but his camp says there’s been no formal offer made. Meanwhile, Leafs center Tyler Bozak denied reports he was in contract extension talks with the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The only question I’d have about Gretzky becoming president of the Maple Leafs is whether he’d take an active role in running the team or would be a mere figurehead.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators center Kyle Turris is off to a fast start, scoring nearly half the club’s goals in its first two games.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This could be the long-awaited “breakout season” for Turris, who showed considerable improvement after joining the Senators from Phoenix midway through last season.

CALGARY SUN: Calgary Flames legend Lanny McDonald dropped by the Flames dressing room yesterday to give the current roster a pep talk.


  1. Gillis is an idiot. As much as Luongo is a great teammate and handling this well, it is so not fair to him. These rumours are a year old. Imagine waiting a year knowing that your probably gonna be traded but it never seems to happen. Worse case of job security ever. Terrible thing to let happen by Gillis. If he is going to trade him…DO IT. If not, tell the media its NOT gonna happen and stop spreading rumours.

    • “If he is going to trade him…DO IT. ”

      I agree.

      “Gillis is an idiot.”

      I don’t agree.

      I like Luongo, but he shouldn’t have asked for a trade in the media. “Franchise” goalie about to become a ufa, do you lock him up or let him walk for nothing? Did Canuck ownership push for the term length? Only a few people really know for sure. Is Luongo just a salary dump? Is it reasonable to expect something back? Enjoy the soap opera.

      Gillis will be judged by what moves he does between now and the start of next season. If Lu is still in Vancouver for training camp 2013-2014 season (along with the Shrugger)… well then you, me and everyone else will be talking about the mess the new GM will have to cleanup.

  2. In Gillis’s defense, and according to rumours, a deal was in place to trade Luongo to Toronto but the lockout prevented that from happening. Then of course we all know what happened in Toronto as far as Burke being able to make that trade.
    I know we are all armchair GM’s here but making sure that the team gets the best possible return in any trade, especially one as pivotal as moving an all star goalie and fan favourite like Luongo, may just take longer than both Mike and Roberto wanted or expected.
    There really is no downside to waiting now, Luongo is a great teammate, perfect back up to Schneider and if a team is struggling, which I am sure a few will be by around the quarter season mark, this puts Vancouver in a position to get better assets coming back. The only downside, as I see it, is if the Canuck’s are struggling to put pucks in the net and stop scoring chances and then no matter who is in goal, they will need to make some changes.

  3. If the Bozak rumours are true, about being in talks over a contract extention, then maybe that is the player Gillis is referring to when he said the deal is being held up because they are waiting on one player…

  4. @Lyle, With the Kings, Detroit and a couple others now being down a top dman, will Feaster’s phone be ringing in Calgary for JBO, Sarich and Babchuk? All three Calgary looked at moving at one point or another over the last year and I beleive there was almost a trade around the draft last year with Detroit for JBo.