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.
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.
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.