NHL Canadian Corner – March 6, 2012.

Jets get big win over Sabres…Flames center Mike Cammalleri sidelined…Former Flame Rene Bourque returns to Calgary with Canadiens…Senators promote Bishop, demote Lehner…Mason Raymond dropped to fourth line…Leafs prepare for second game with new coach Randy Carlyle…Oilers fall to Ducks.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The eighth-overall Jets scored twice in the third period to down the Buffalo Sabres 3-1, opening a three-point lead over Washington and 4 points over Buffalo.

Injured Cammalleri won't face Habs tonight.

CALGARY SUN/RDS.CA: An injured Mike Cammalleri won’t face his former team when the Flames square off at home against the Montreal Canadiens. Former Flames Rene Bourque will be facing his old teammates for the first time since the pair were swapped for each in mid-January.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cammalleri made modest improvement in Calgary prior to his injury, while Bourque has remained the same inconsistent player he was with the Flames.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators called up goalie Ben Bishop and demoted Robin Lehner.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I admit to being surprised by this development, as Lehner played well in his four starts with the Sens, but they want Bishop to get in some games and see how he does.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Mason Raymond has had a difficult year, recovering from a back injury to return to action, but he’s been struggling offensively and been demoted to their fourth line.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Raymond was being mentioned in the trade rumor mill leading up to last week’s trade deadline. It’s possible he could be shopped in the off-season.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs prepare for their second game under new head coach Randy Carlyle, when they face the Boston Bruins.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers fell 4-2 to the Anaheim Ducks.


  1. Huge game tonight for the Leafs. If they can prove they have the heart and determination to finally beat Boston they could go on a role. They need at least 2 wins over the next 3 games against Boston, the Pens and Flyers to keep pace with the Jets. Good luck to Carlyle with his new defensive first system. I hope Franson gets back in the line up but Carlyle doesn’t look like the type to flip flop guys in and out. Playing 7 D might be the only way to keep Franson fresh.

  2. You are being generous saying that Cammalleri has made modest improvement.

  3. If I’m Lehner I’d rather play starter in the AHL than ride the bench in the NHL for development purposes. Although Lehner has been great, I hope Bishop stays up because the B-Sens could use keeping Lehner down for one more season if they hope to repeat.

  4. I’m with you Bob… not seeing the modest improvement in Cammy’s game, unless you count the fact that he is not skating around looking like someone is pissing at him. I still prefer Bourque over Cammy. Yes, Bourque is inconsistent, but no more so than Cammy. And at least he is cheaper with size.