NHL Canadian Corner – January 8, 2014

Reaction to the selections for Canada’s Olympic roster, game recaps, Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk injured, and Senators assistant GM Tim Murray could become the new GM of the Buffalo Sabres.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL/TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: Eric Duhatschek, David Shoalts, Damien Cox and Steve Simmons with reaction to the unveiling of Canada’s Men’s Olympic ice hockey roster.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s also a fair amount of discussion among Canadian hockey fans and pundits over the players who didn’t make the cut. Such is the depth in Canadian talent that players who would be automatic locks for other countries get passed over for Team Canada.  

Sidney Crosby scores the game-tying goal against the Canucks.

Sidney Crosby scores the game-tying goal against the Canucks.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks overcame a 2-0 deficit, blew a 4-2 lead and fell 5-4 in a shootout to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Sidney Crosby scored the game-tying and game-winning goals.

TORONTO STAR: Jonathan Bernier gave up three soft goals as the Maple Leafs fell to the NY Islanders 5-3. Isles captain John Tavares collected 3 assists.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: After Bernier’s recent struggles it looks like they’ll turn to James Reimer for this next game.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets lost their fourth straight, falling 4-2 to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Martin St. Louis, who was passed over by Team Canada, scored twice for the Bolts.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: So how much patience does GM Kevin Cheveldayoff have left with his struggling team? They’re no closer to a playoff berth and at this pace could be well out of the race by the end of the month. Granted, it’s not easy to make trades right now, but something has to be done to snap this club out of its mediocrity.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers fell 5-2 to the St. Louis Blues.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames were crushed 6-0 by the Phoenix Coyotes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Really not a good night for Canada’s western NHL teams.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk is out four-to-six weeks with a broken hand.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s going to hurt the Habs offensive attack. Galchenyuk’s one of their best forwards.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators assistant GM Tim Murray could be named the new general manager of the Buffalo Sabres.


  1. 2 soft ones for sure 3rd was a bit of a bad bounce off Dions stick anyhow memtal fatigue maybe could be becoming an issue, time to see how long Reimer carry it now. More baffling coaching decisions, another time out instead of keeping pressure on, down by 2 the offensively gifted McClements on the ice with around 4 mins left, down by one up a skater 1:00 left dump and chase hockey and give the puck back…

    Bernier cost the Leafs that game but Carlyle coaching sure didnt help them out any either. Sometimes as a coach you have to adapt and get your team thru some adversity cant say thats been the case.

    • If I’m Reimer I’m calling my agent this morning demanding a trade. Reimer is obviously not part of the future of this team and Carlyle isn’t playing fair. Nothing against Bernier but if I’m Reimer I see its obvious Bernier gets special treatment whether its a post game comment from Carlyle or the leash for getting pulled. You see your coach playing favorites then its time to find a new team.

      • Goalie market is ice-cold right now.
        To demand a trade makes no sense.
        Reimer would be going nowhere just like Miller, Neuvirth, and Pavelec

        • Reimer is too much of a team guy and way to classy to ever demand a trade. I agree, this goalie “competition” seems to be tilted in Bernier’s favour. It’s like they want Bernier to be the number one, whether he’s earned it or not! I don’t know if Leafs management just doesn’t have faith in Reims, or if they feel they have to justify the trade for, and signing of, Bernier. Meanwhile, not a mention of any ongoing negotiation between the soon-to-be RFA Reimer and the Leafs. It’s a thin line between a goalie competition and a goalie controversy. If Reimer comes up with one of his patented bounce-back performances (and I expect he will) in his next start, cue up the always lively court of public opinion in Leafs Nation!

          • I had to turn that off last night.. Just wow. At this point I just don’t know what to say. They need a guy who actually gives a care. I figured going into the season that would be clarkson and so far he hasn’t gotten off to the best start. I don’t know anymore but almost to the point of ready to trade Anyone.

  2. Im maybe a little surprised by no St. Louis but Nash is there but, really as people have beaten to death we could ice 2 teams that if all went right could get to the medal round so…

    • Feel badly for Marty St. Louis especially given that this likely was his last chance given his age. I believe it was Ken Holland (?) was quoted today saying that there are still 10 to 15 players on the list who are still possibilities should a selected player(s) become injured. There remains a good chance someone not previously chosen may still get the call.

  3. As a Lightning fan it’s very sad that Marty misses his last chance to represent Canada at the Olympics (barring injury), but also as a Lighting fan, with the team set up for an unexpectedly good year, I like having a rested St Louis down the stretch when the games get tough and character counts for a lot. He is 38.

    • I think with the way he is playing it wouldn’t be out of the question that was part of the thought process behind the decision from Yzerman. With all the talent available, why not save 1 of my guys? That would cross my mind instead of putting him and Stamkos on the team.

  4. The braintrust at Hockey Canada kept emphasizing their key criteria for the Olympic Team was speed and size. While highly skilled, Marty is not growing anymore, despite the fact that he would have had the biggest heart on the team. I feel bad for him, and I believe he could and should have been the exception to the criteria. He would have been just as or more effective than Kunitz.

    • I guess I don’t understand a few things about the selection criteria:

      1. Why is it not possible to have one smaller player on the team?
      2. What’s the evidence that taller players are more effective on international ice?
      3. Why does seemingly every player have to be “versatile”? Yzerman mentioned a few times that some players were picked because they could also play centre and kill penalties. Problem is, you’ll have your 4 or 5 centres set the moment the tournament begins, and you’ll have your 4 PKing forwards – not likely to change much.
      4. Did they not learn anything in Nagano? Overthinking selections and picking guys based on their subjective defensive or intangible qualities can produce an inferior team.

      I realize that it’s not about picking an All-Star team, but St. Louis and Giroux are pretty complete players that would excel on the big ice.

  5. From what I’ve read, St.Louis was very hurt and upset at by being passed over in the selection process. He’s too much of a professional, and has way too much pride to ever let that affect his on-ice performance, as witnessed by his performance last night, which is precisely why he should have been named to the team in the first place!

    • Can’t argue with that.

  6. with all due respect to all the other teams i don’t think there’s any other country where the roster for the Olympic team is as scrutinized and debated as Canada. for every player that was chosen it’s one of the best days of their lives and for those who don’t it’s a bitter disappointment. all of the players under consideration are at the top of their profession, living the dream that everyone who’s ever picked up a hockey stick has had and even the players who didn’t make the team will be cheering them on in Sochi. for so many years Canada wasn’t able to send their best players as they’d already been declared ineligible for making their living as “professional” hockey players (and those Russian “soldiers” didn’t make their living the same way? please …) so they have some catching up to do. i may not cheer for all those players when they’re playing against my team but when they wear our countries colors they’ve got my support. good luck guys bring us back another Gold!

  7. Dear Nonis:The team just got thumped 6-1 by Carolina as Lilies gets to gloat as well.::will you begin to accept that this team, sad sacked, indifferent and colorful as they are, don’t want Carlyle as their coach; and will continue to stink the joint out until you get rid of him. Its painfully obvious to all but you. We are not experts at this but; we know when the players don’t give a damn…and they don’t..so time to cut your losses and dump Carlyle; otherwise, you will be drafting first overall in June

    • I hold the players responsible more then coach. No effort no accountability to themselves. it’s embarrassing and not one guy seems to care