Maple Leafs edge the Devils, Jets blank the Predators, Flames fall to the Avalanche, reaction to the Oilers recent moves, explaining P.K. Subban’s decreased ice time, plus the latest on Robin Lehner and Brad Richardson.

Phil Kessel completes a highlight reel goal against the Devils.

Phil Kessel completes a highlight reel goal against the Devils.

TORONTO SUN: James van Riemsdyk shootout goal lifted the Maple Leafs to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils. The game was highlighted by a thrilling end-to-end goal by Leafs star Phil Kessel.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That goal was just one example why the Leafs paid so much to keep Kessel in the lineup for the next eight years.

WINNIPEG SUN: Dustin Byfuglien scored his first goal of the season and Ondrej Pavelec made 41 saves as the Jets blanked the Nashville Predators 5-0.

CALGARY HERALD: Despite a strong effort by the line of Mike Cammalleri, Jiri Hudler and Mikael Backlund, the Flames fell 4-2 to the Colorado Avalanche, whose record is now 13-2-0.

EDMONTON SUN: Terry Jones tries to find the good in yesterday’s moves (signing Ilya Bryzgalov, shipping Ladislav Smid to Calgary) by the Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Pat Hickey attempts to explain Canadiens coach Michel Therrien handling this season of Norris-winning defenseman P.K. Subban.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hickey makes good points, but that’s not going to calm Habs fans fearful Therrien could drive Subban out of Montreal, or stop some pundits from suggesting this is a conspiracy tied to Subban’s upcoming contract negotiations.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Robin Lehner is pushing Craig Anderson for the starting goalie role with the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: By next summer the Senators could reach a crucial point with their goalies. While Lehner acknowledges Anderson as the starter, he’s making the case to become a starting goaltender. That could force management to choose between one or the other in the near future.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Versatile forward Brad Richardson has proven to be a solid addition to the Canucks this season.

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2 Responses to NHL Canadian Corner – November 9, 2013.

  1. @ Lyle …..

    you were right about Kessel and I was wrong ….hes a changed player and is the player Id hoped he would be I hope he can stay away from the 10 – 15 game goalless droughts !!

    BUT what a GOAL last night !! Glad they signed him !!

    Ottawa should trade Anderson now while Goalies are in high demand and get a quality trade out of the deal ….Lehner is the future and Lawson is quality backing up !!

    Leafs made good move with signing Smithson to fill in.

    GREAT MOVE BY FLAMES ON SMID ( WHAT IS EDMONTON THINKING ???) Hes there only physical D man that they are looking to trade for ??? Plus hes there best shot blocker with a week Goalie tandem ??? Things are getting worse !!!

  2. I wish Leafs had Dave Bolland in the line up for Bruins game tonight!!

    PS where is Mason Raymond been of late ??? LOL …get your but in gear we need some play !!

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