NHL Canadian Corner – Monday, April 22, 2013.

The Oilers are officially eliminated from playoff contention, plus the latest news on the other Canadian NHL teams.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers playoff hopes were officially ended last night with a 3-1 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Expect the Oilers to be the center of attention in off-season trade rumors in the coming months.

Mark Cundari celebrates his first goal as the Flames downed the Wild on Sunday.

Mark Cundari celebrates his first goal as the Flames downed the Wild on Sunday.

CALGARY HERALD: Mark Cundari made his NHL debut memorable with two points in the Calgary Flames 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets will be without Zach Bogosian (head injury) and Olli Jokinen (high ankle sprain) when they face off tonight against the Buffalo Sabres.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators push for a playoff berth could “save” Penguins forward Matt Cooke from a “beatdown” when the two clubs square off tonight in Ottawa.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cooke has a well-deserved reputation for dirty play, but he’s cleaned up his act over the past two season in order to avoid permanent suspension. The injury to Karlsson was accidental, despite the laughable efforts of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to prove otherwise. The Senators won’t waste any effort seeking “retribution” and will focus on clinching a playoff berth.

TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel is hitting his most productive stride of his career as the Maple Leafs prepare for their first playoff appearance in nine years.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kessel is also eighth overall in the NHL scoring race, and the highest-scoring player from a Canadian NHL team this season. Remind me again why he’s such a horrible player who should be traded away?

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The struggling Canadiens got no rest on Sunday, as coach Michel Therrien had them working on their defensive play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given how lopsided their recent losses have been, they certainly need to work on their defense.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks may have clinched a playoff berth but there’s plenty to worry about.


  1. Now that the latest Leaf drama has cooled down, temporarily at least, it’s time to cheer on the Jets, a team that’s blessed with the best fans in hockey. Do not count these guys out.

  2. Cooke did not intentionally cut Karlsson.. but he was going to hit to hurt him. I don’t believe for a second this guy has changed.. Just one play to upset him and he will lose control and seriously injure someone else again..

    Some Sens fans are also laughing at what Melnyk is doing. We appreciate his passion for his team and players.. but sometimes he just goes over the line…

    Sens will have trouble beating Pitts tonight.. and I can’t believe the Jet lose against Buffalo either.. The Jets are playing great hockey and Pavelec has been outstanding..

    Wish the Rangers would fall out.. but it will come to either the Sens or the Jets.. both of whom have injuries to key players… Too bad it comes to this, but my guess is the Leaf fans are hoping for the Jets to get in..

  3. Sandy, I agree that Mr Melnyk’s passion sometimes over rules his common sense. This thing should just be left to the players to determine.
    Sorry Lyle, but your assertion that the injury to Karlsson was accidental, how can you be so certain considering Cooke’s past history? Sorry but as the old saying goes, ‘a leopard does not change his spots’. The only person that knows for sure is Matt Cooke and he’s very wisely never going to ever admit if it was intentional.

    • Cooke’s past has nothing to do with the Karlsson injury. It was clearly an accident.