NHL Canadian Corner – March 19, 2012.

Jets suffer letdown loss against Hurricanes…Flames fall to Blue Jackets in shootout…Coyotes edge Oilers…Canucks must improve their defensive game…Senators must work on their power-play…Maple Leafs getting a new attitude…Canadiens future half-empty or half-full?


Bogosian could face suspension.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets let a golden opportunity to move into a tie with Washington for eighth overall in the East slip through their fingers, falling 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes. Jets forward Nik Antropov left the game with an injury, while defenseman Zach Bogosian could face suspension for a hit on Andreas Nodl.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames playoff hopes took a hit as they fell in a shootout to the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets 2-1. Quite frankly, the Flames shouldn’t have lost this game, which once again highlight their lack of offensive depth.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers blew a 2-0 lead and lost in a shootout to a desperate Phoenix Coyotes team which is battling for a playoff berth.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks need to get their defensive game in order.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators need to improve their power-play, which has recently slipped from seventh to 11th overall.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are adopting a “one-for-all” attitude. They’re going to need it, if for nothing else, to protect themselves from the barbs of the media who’ll be criticizing them over their remaining games.

LA PRESSE; Pierre Ladouceur points out to those feeling optimistic over the Habs future that this club still has underachieving players like Tomas Kaberle, Scott Gomez and Rene Bourque eating up valuable cap space.


  1. Its funny 2 of those players for montreal were traded for this year.

  2. What is it about our Canadian teams?
    Winnipeg and Calgary both had great opportunities to get higher up in the standings and grab hold of a playoff spot, even though it would only be temporary, it still would be a playoff spot. But instead they lose and Calgary to the last place team in the entire NHL. So I have to ask, especially Calgary…do you want to be in the playoffs or not? The Flames have one of the best goalies in the league, at least try to score some goals for him.
    The Canucks at this moment in time and as I now see them, will not make it out of the first round of the playoffs. The Canucks are lucky they built up a good lead or else they’d be in a dogfight for a playoff berth. Luongo is a crap shoot at best come the money games and judging by his last 4 games, where he is letting in an average of 4 goals per game, he is not doing anything to change my opinion. Vancouver’s defense right now reminds me of the Leafs, players going around and by them almost at will. The first line, if you can call them that, with the Sedin’s cycle the puck well but there is never anyone going to the front of the net to try to score. The coach puts Mason Raymond with them to shake things up, that helped but Raymond is not a front of the net type of guy and come playoff time he will get killed if he tries to stay in front of any opposing nets.
    Toronto looks like it is going on a winning streak just in time to lose out on a much better draft pick.
    Edmonton is Edmonton and will be getting a new coach next year.
    Ottawa’s power play better wake up or else come playoff time they will end up bemoaning the fact that they lost because they couldn’t convert their opportunities.

  3. Gomez is gone this summer pending the new CBA. Even if there is not a free buyout, he should be bought out. There is a SLIM (do jump on me for this, I fully appreciate the snowballs chance in Hell idea here and would still give the nod to the snowball) Gomez is traded for the bag of pucks to a team looking to hit the cap floor as his actual salary drops to 5.5 next year and 4.5 after that.

  4. Not sure what philosophy the Maple Leafs think they have acquired or adopted since Coach Carlyle has taken over but i can assure you of this. The Leafs will miss the playoffs again, the Bruins will and did beat up on the Leafs again tonight and school them on just how sh*tty, small and easily intimidated they are and although Burke has done a decent job of replenishing a barren prospect and draft pick cupboard, this team is simply not big enough, tough enough or good enough to compete for a playoff spot