NHL Canadian Corner – January 9, 2013.

Get the latest notable news on all seven Canadian NHL teams.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Andrei Markov has stirred some controversy by not immediately winging back from the KHL to rejoin the Canadiens. Markov made it clear he intends to remain with his KHL team until the NHL lockout is officially over, after which he’ll return to the Habs.

Jets will look to Dustin Byfuglien to help them make the playoffs.

Jets will look to Dustin Byfuglien to help them make the playoffs.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets three key players – goaltender Ondrej Pavelec, defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and winger Evander Kane – face some questions heading into this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets enjoyed a honeymoon period last season in Winnipeg, but their fans are going to expect improvement this season, especially from their key players.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Goalie Cory Schneider wouldn’t be surprised to see Roberto Luongo at Canucks training camp.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons believes Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke needs to fill holes in goal and on the blueline.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: When/if Burke makes those moves before the start of the upcoming season remains to be seen.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators new defenseman Marc Methot is expected to partner with Erik Karlsson.

CALGARY SUN: New Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman is keen to make a positive impact.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are expecting good things from rookie defenseman Justin Schultz, who shone with the Oilers AHL farm team in Oklahoma City during the lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Schultz plays half as well for the Oilers as he did in Oklahoma City, he’ll have a bright future in Edmonton. Here’s hoping he’s able to handle the heightened expectations.

2 Comments

  1. I guess it’s hard to blame Markov for waiting for this to be officially done. It’s been such a circus, I wouldn’t be surprised if all the sudden something popped up and……….. I won’t say it though.

    With regards to Burke and what moves he makes, I wonder if the shortened season helps his chances of keeping his job should the Leafs miss the playoffs again. Not being a troll here, but I think most would agree that if they missed it again after would have been a full season, he probably would have been gone.

  2. Guess you can dismiss my second paragraph lol.