NHL Canadian Corner – March 28, 2012.

Canadiens fall to Panthers in shootout, Hurricanes officially eliminate Maple Leafs from playoff race, time off to heal an injury helped Cammalleri mentally recharge, Senators earn a day off, Jets refuse to give up on season, the goalie controversy continues in Vancouver, and an shoulder injury ends Taylor Hall’s season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens fell in a shootout 3-2 to the Florida Panthers, who increased their lead in the Southeast Division to five points over the Washington Capitals, inching them closer to clinching their first playoff berth since 2000. I’m not a Panthers fan, but I’m cheering them on, as I want to see them end this dubious streak.

THE GLOBE & MAIL: Boos fill the Air Canada Centre as the Carolina Hurricanes eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from playoff contention with a 3-0 win, marking the seventh consecutive season the Leafs have missed the playoffs. Leafs GM Brian Burke won’t be fired, but he’s now entering the most critical summer of his tenure, and if he fails to turn the club around next season, his critics will get their wish.

Cammalleri refreshed after returning from injury.

CALGARY HERALD: An injury shortly after joining the Flames in a mid-season trade from Montreal gave winger Mike Cammalleri an opportunity to mentally recharge from a circus-like season.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators enjoyed a well-earned day off before gearing up for back-to-back matinee road games against the Flyers and Islanders this weekend.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are refusing to give up on their playoff hopes, but the reality is they’ll need to win all their remaining games, and the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres to lose theirs, to have a shot at a post-season berth now. As I noted a couple of weeks ago, they were heading into the final stretch of the season playing most of those games on the road, and with their lousy road record, it didn’t bode well for their playoff hopes. It’s a shame, because if they could’ve won a few more road games earlier in the season, they’d be right in there.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks goaltending controversy continues, as Cory Schneider will get the start tonight against the Colorado Avalanche over Roberto Luongo, who’s coming off one of his best streaks of the season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Shoulder surgery has brought Taylor Hall’s season to a close.


  1. We in the Windsor area saw this injured future for Taylor Hall first hand. Exceptional player, but very reckless with his own body. Skating duly tilt everywhere and barely making attempts to avoid hits. It works when you can dominate kids but I knew when it came to men he would get banged up bad. A buddy of mine is on the video team for the Spits and I know one of his knees isn’t doing to hot either an it’s just a matter of time before he has to shut it down for another season to get that cleaned out and fixed. He has to learn to keep himself safer out there do he has a long, productive career.

    Also, who knew that it would only take a 2 month losing streak to keep Brian Burkes big mouth out of the media? It’s nice not listening to him spew new catch phrases for fans to recite over, and over, and over….. (so tired of hearing truculence, stocked cupboards, 4 first rounders…blah blah blah. None of it is even true!)

    Oh yeah…. Right in a few guys kitchen right now. Lol

  2. What would it have been like in Montreal this year without Carey Price?
    He has single handedly kept them in so many games this year that they had no business being in. You never hear a derogatory word out of him. He just suits up and goes about his job. If that were Patrick Roy he would have quit 3 or 4 times by now.

    The boos rained down on whatever that was in Maple Leaf uniforms last night. No effort, no heart. No guts. This team has quit on its leaders if it ever had them in the first place. The team needs a new Captain. One who not only can talk the talk but who can walk the walk.

    Cammalleri is still in a circus but this one has a Suter as a ringmaster, which means that instead of lions getting whipped, it’s the players instead. You see how lions growl and snarl when the whip cracks over their heads, just picture those same responses coming from the Flames players. It’s no fun in Calgary that’s for sure.

    Ottawa has a few hard games left that as hard as it was to imagine a few weeks ago they desperately need to win to insure themselves of a playoff berth. I believe they will make the dance and by having to win a few of the next games that might just make them stronger come the playoffs. Teams that are not able to coast into the playoffs are often more dangerous than those who clinched a spot weeks ago.

    Quit with the woulda, coulda and shouldas with the Winnepeg Jets. Every team can look back at games that they let slip through their fingers and how important they look now. While not technically out of the playoffs the Jets need to be reserving their t-times at their favorite courses. They gave their fans a lot to cheer about on their first season back and will do the same next year. Canada’s new team are everything that Canada’s old team are not.

    I don’t see it as a goaltending controversy in Vancouver but proof positive that it is time to deal Luongo and keep Schneider. With Luongo playing as strong as he has been his stock as trade value keeps going up. Now if he doesn’t have a melt down in the playoffs he should bring a good package of players and draft picks.

    It would be sad to see Hall’s career cut short by injuries, which just may happen if he doesn’t learn to pick his spots and stop running around with total abandon.

  3. Just my opinion, but I think Burke screwed up big time. When Carlyle became available, Wilson should of been let go. Carlyle would of had a longer a chance to save the sinking ship that was becoming the leafs.

  4. Cap’t Ahab keep them coming, to me your Canadian observations are well thought out.
    Price is a stud.
    The Maple Leafs not only need a new captain but a couple of savvy veterans to help show the way. Pretty obvious to me, and a lot of others, that Calgary should have started their re-build last year. They need to get it started this summer.
    Ottawa fan’s are just happy that the teams where it is right now. If they get on a roll they could do some damage though.
    Winnipeg, great fan’s who may rival or exceed Hab fans for loudness and passion. Team still is missing a few pieces though.
    Van, the luxury of two quality goaltenders is nothing to complain about. I’d be more worried about Sedin’s concussion.
    Edmonton, I naively thought that they would contend for a playoff spot this season. Wow, was I wrong!