NHL Canadian Corner – March 10, 2014

Kings down the Oilers, George Stroumboulopoulos reportedly taking over as HNiC host next season, plus updates on your favorite Canadian NHL teams.

Ben Scrivens' 46-save performance wasn't enough as his OIlers fell 4-2 to the Kings.

Ben Scrivens’ 46-save performance wasn’t enough as his OIlers fell 4-2 to the Kings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ben Scrivens 46-save performance couldn’t prevent the Oilers from falling 4-2 to the Los Angeles Kings. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings, while Taylor Hall and Sam Gagner tallied for the Oilers.

THE CANADIAN PRESS (VIA FACEOFF.COM): TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports CBC talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos will reportedly take over as the new host of Hockey Night in Canada next season. Long-time host Ron MacLean will remain with the show but in a reduced role.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not sure how well that’s gonna fly with fans of the show. MacLean’s annoying love of puns aside, he’s been a reliable and much-loved host of HNiC since 1987. I daresay he’ll remain as Don Cherry’s long-time foil on “Coach’s Corner”. “Strombo”, as he’s known by his fans, is a very good chat show host and a die-hard hockey fan, but he’ll likely face criticism for lacking the necessary experience to host HNiC. 

CALGARY SUN: Flames center Matt Stajan has taken a leave of absence following the recent death of his newborn son.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My condolences to Stajan and his family.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are still waiting for Jake Gardiner to blossom into a star like Anaheim’s Cam Fowler.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Not every player develops at the same pace. Pushing Gardiner could do more harm than good.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens limp home from their 1-3 western road trip with several key players (Carey Price, Josh Gorges, Brandon Prust) sidelined by injuries.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: So far, so good for Ales Hemsky, who’s fitting in well with the Senators. Hemsky joined the Sens in a deadline day deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Hemsky maintains his new-found chemistry with Senators captain Jason Spezza it could be what they need to clinch a playoff spot.  The Senators are currently four points out of playoff contention.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba is earning raves for his poise and skills.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s definitely among this season’s top rookies.

VANCOUVER SUN: There are no easy games for the struggling Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re now four points out of playoff contention. If they don’t string some wins together soon, they’ll miss the playoffs.

2 Comments

  1. I cant figure out for the life of me the amount of flack (some admittedly deserved) that Gardiner and Phaneuf get yet Franson who who seems to be responsible for at least a goal against per game with brutal coverage, give aways, and just bad hockey IQ for the most part, never misses a shift.

  2. Im kinda torn about HNIC, on one hand its needed an over haul for years with the format and some of the personalities, on the other “Kypper” is right up there with Healy and McGuire with the annoying condescending “Richard” scale, and Strombo while I agree maybe a breath of fresh air and attract a bit more of a younger audience will be severely pushing him his image and personality to the point of overkill in Canadian media. Ron MacClean has imo been what carried HNIC for the past few years the addidtion of Friedman was decent beyond that there are many other personalities and features that the Brain trust at Rogers could have started with replacing, and could have done so with someone not quite so “hip” or already on the verge of over-saturation. Whats next Rick Mercer going to do BlueJays games? Let the Butchery of hockey telecasts begin!