NHL Canadian Corner – March 7, 2012.

Canucks – and Sedins – slumping…Senators douse Lightning thanks to Michalek hat trick…Leafs 5-4 loss to Bruins a “typical Kessel game”…Jets improving at the right time…Flames survive a wild game against Canadiens…Oilers down Sharks.


Canucks need more from slumping Sedins.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks suffered their fourth loss in five games, falling 5-2 to the Dallas Stars. The Sedins slump has coincided with that of their team’s.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are also coming off a lengthy hot streak, so a slump like this isn’t unusual. Still, it’s a good point that, as the Sedins go, so go the Canucks.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators survived a mid-game surge from the Tampa Bay Lightning to defeat them 7-3, courtesy of a third-period hat trick by Milan Michalek, who reached the 30-goal mark for the first time.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery singled out Leafs star Phil Kessel for criticism following the Leafs 5-4 loss to the Boston Bruins, calling out Kessel for floating in the defensive zone.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel won’t be doing that too often under new coach Randy Carlyle.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are improving their game at the right time, increasing their chances of clinching a playoff berth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’re not a lock yet, but with the Capitals and Maple Leafs imploding, the Jets can hold off the surging Sabres and Lightning and improve their grip on eighth if they continue their recent  play.

CALGARY HERALD/MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Flames get a wild 5-4 victory over the hapless Canadiens, but lost another players to injury as Tim Jackman was sidelined early in the game. Former Flame Rene Bourque did little to distinguish himself in his first game back in Calgary since he was dealt to the Habs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Unless the Canadiens can find a coach to improve Bourque’s performance – Randy Cunneyworth obviously won’t be back – they’ll have yet another lousy player carrying a big contract eating up valuable cap space in their lineup.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers downed the San Jose Sharks 3-2 in a shootout.


  1. Hey Chris

    Here is something they wrote in the TO Star about your boy Kessel as well.

    The Kessel trade still hurts. Tyler Seguin has met Kessel 11 times now. Seguin — just one of the fruits of the Burke deal that brought Toronto its best perimeter floater since Vince Carter — has outscored his Leaf counterpart 7-3, including 2-1 on Tuesday. Never mind that the Brampton-bred Seguin, age 20 to Kessel’s 24, is only hopping aboard a skyward-bound improvement curve. Never mind that Kessel, most scouts will tell you, has likely peaked. The Bruins also got the draft pick that became Dougie Hamilton, the kind of uber-prospect defenceman every NHL franchise covets. They missed Kessel so much they won the Cup

  2. Tampa’s down 6-3 with a minute remaining and they leave their goalie on the bench. Odd move by the coach.

  3. @BeerGoggles

    Seguin doesn’t have to play against Chara for almost every shift that he is on the ice for.

  4. The whole Kessel deal blew up when Burke failed to sign the sedin twins. He thought he was a lock to lure them out of Van and when they stayed it threw a massive monkey wrench into his plans. He should have signed them first and then made a trade for a one dimensional sniper. Instead, he failed to surround Kessel with the appropriate team and they had a epic fail giving up a franchise Center. To add insult to injury, the B’s win the cup and STILL get to draft a blue chip D man in Hamilton. Ppl can mention the Kaberle deal, but the guys they got for him aren’t nearly the calibre of Seguin and Hamilton. Huge huge huge blunder that set the team back another 2 yrs in terms of rebuild. Now, if the finish 9-10th they get a draft pick that’s probably a future NHL’er, but it’s doubtful that he becomes a franchise player. And with Grabos new contract that leaves them with a little over 7 million in cap space for next year. He must shed salary and if there’s a one time buy out you can bet Komi will be shown the door. If they really wanted to make a impact and free space they could buy out Phanuef and go after anyone with that salary off the books.

    Not sure I like the idea of Grabo making almost 6 mill either, we will have to see if they make the playoffs in thr future and what contributions Grabo made to that accomplishment.

  5. As for Bourque, I think we’ll only be able to judge at the beginning of next season. That said, his contract is smaller than Cammalleri’s… He still isn’t very impressive though.

  6. Tired of hearing about the Kessel trade. It would be two different teams had that not happens, who knows who would have been drafted and Kessel playing vs Toronto is different then Seguin vs Boston … its not even comparable.

    Either way I hope the Leafs keep skidding down and end up with the 4th overall pick and a lottery chance and maybe we get that franchise guy!