NHL Canadian Corner – March 23, 2012.

Schneider backstops Canucks over Stars…Flames fall to Wild in OT…Lightning edge Oilers…Craig Anderson to return Friday…Jets facing desperate times…Lupul nominated for Masterton Trophy…Roy, Hartley to become Habs new GM and coach?


Schneider backstops Canucks to win over Stars.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cory Schneider overcame a puck-handling gaffe resulting in a Dallas Stars goal, backstopping the Canucks to a 2-1 victory.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames fell in overtime again, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Minnesota Wild, a result which reportedly didn’t sit well with Flames head coach Brent Sutter, who apparently trashed a trash can following the game.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: In the battle of two goalies facing former teams, Dwayne Roloson came out on top with a 3-2 shootout win over Nikolai Khabibulin and the Oilers.

OTTAWA SUN: Goaltender Craig Anderson will return to the Senators lineup tonight against the Montreal Canadiens.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets should treat tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals, the team they’re trying to catch in the standings, as a playoff elimination game.

TORONTO SUN: Joffrey Lupul is the Maple Leafs nominee for the Masterton Trophy.

CANOE.CA: cited a report by Sean Simpson of The Team 1200 in Ottawa claiming sources say Patrick Roy and Bob Hartley will take over as general manager and head coach of the Montreal Canadiens at season’s end. Lots of rumors suggesting Roy will either become GM or head coach of the Habs in the off-season. To date, he’s denied these reports.


  1. Lupul is awesome. He grinds, hit’s and most importantly isn’t afraid to stand in front to deflect shots and take punishment. This guy was worth every penny we paid him this year and could very well be the captain of this squad. I hope he wins it.

  2. From a Habs fan who would like to see Pacioretty win the Masterton, Lupul is most certainly worthy competition.

  3. Hmm. Roy as GM and Hartly as coach…. Would shut up the separatist media… Bring respectability back as having the best goalie ever back in the organization…. I’ve was pining for Hartly earlier in the season if there was a coaching change…. I’m on board! Keep whoever runs the PK on the staff though, that guy is smart. I think Pacioretty has a really good shot at the Masterson considering he got his neck broken last year and came back to score 30. We will see. It usually goes to the guy who endured the most hardships the year before to come back and be successful.

  4. Geez just read my post and saw all the grammar/spelling errors. I just woke up and am posting from bed. Pardon me. Lol

  5. I would think Roy would like to see some promise in the Hab’s line up before taking on the head coaching role. Maybe if the Hab’s pick 3rd over all this year and have one more year at the bottom he will take the plunge. Then again if they hire someone on a 3 year contract and they fail miserably then Roy can come in and take the reins on 3 years worth of top draft picks. Roy isn’t stupid if he doesn’t see numerous pieces of promising young talent in the line up he won’t set himself up for failure.

  6. In my humble opinion, Lupul has been Toronto’s best 2-way player this year. He is willing to got to the tough areas and fight for the puck, unselfish and a leader by example. Good choice by the Leafs for the trophy.

    Again the Canuck’s were all about the goaltending and not about scoring or good defense. Once again I say, keep Schneider and trade Luongo. Then maybe there will be money enough to get a proven goal scorer.

    At least the Flames got to overtime and didn’t lose in regulation. Every point now is incredibly important.

    Edmonton is a player and a coach away from being a real contender.

    Ottawa gets “Mr. Stabby” their reliable goaltender back. I sure would like to hear the truth about that one.

    Do you put the Jets vs Caps game down as a must win for Winnepeg?

    I am sure that Montreal fans still think that Roy can walk on water but he has zero NHL coaching experience and his ego is so big it overshadows Brian Burke’s and that is never a good thing. I still remember him walking out on the team and that too will long be remembered by Montreal media if the team is going through tough times with him at the helm. I could just hear the explosion if some sports reporter asked him if he felt like walking away at some point. KaBoom.
    Realistically he should be an assistant before a head coach but once again his ego will not allow that to happen.

    When is an elbow to the head of an opposing player who doesn’t have the puck not a deliberate attempt to injure?
    When the player is wearing a Canucks jersey and the referee is the same one who ref’d the Canucks – Bruins game where Daniel Sedin’s was punched six times in the head and no penalty was called.

  7. Cap’t Ahab, as you probably already know Keith got five games which, in my deservedly humble opinion, is fair.
    My understanding is that the story on Anderson is indeed accurate. He was trying to separate frozen chicken breasts or similar with a sharp knife and accidentally cut himself. Standard joke on this was how come he was in the kitchen, shouldn’t his wife been preparing his food? Try making that observation to a wife or girlfriend and see the response you get! lol

  8. can’t…. she’s busy making me a sammich…