NHL Canadian Corner – October 3, 2013.

Roberto Luongo hoping to rejoin the NHL’s elite goaltenders, Jonathan Bernier stars in Leafs win over Flyers, George Parros released from hospital, and much more.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Roberto Luongo, returning as the Canucks starting goalie, hopes to rejoin the league’s elite netminders this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Even if Luongo is merely “good” this season, he should backstop the Canucks into a playoff berth. He will have to be stellar, however, if the Canucks are to have a realistic shot at a lengthy playoff run.

Jonathan Bernier was stellar in the Maple Leafs 3-1 win over the Flyers.

Jonathan Bernier was stellar in the Maple Leafs 3-1 win over the Flyers.

TORONTO STAR: Jonathan Bernier starred in his debut with the Maple Leafs, turning aside 31 shots as the Leafs downed the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1. Fellow Leafs newcomer Dave Bolland scored two of Toronto’s three goals.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I’ve said before, the Leafs having two good, young goalie jockeying for the starter’s role is a problem they wanna have. Hopefully, it doesn’t turn into a goaltending controversy. So far, so good.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens enforcer George Parros was released from a Montreal hospital but remains sidelined indefinitely with a concussion. Parros was injured during a fight with Toronto Maple Leafs enforcer Colton Orr when the duo tumbled awkwardly to the ice.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Thankfully Parros wasn’t more seriously injured, though a concussion is no minor injury. Hopefully he makes a quick recovery.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators enforcer Chris Neil claims he hasn’t suffered many injuries from  fighting. The worst was a broken jaw though he didn’t miss a game because of the injury. His two missing front teeth, however, aren’t the result of a fight but a collision with a crossbar when he was 16.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait suggests Jets rookie Jacob Trouba made an early bid for the Calder Trophy with his strong debut.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whoa, there! Sure, Trouba’s debut was impressive, and maybe he will become a Calder candidate this season, but let’s not start talking about an early bid for the award based on a season-opening game.  It’s also possible the kid could flame out at midseason. Keep the expectations realistic. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames goalie Karri Ramo is anxious for a fresh start in his return to the NHL after four seasons.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins was pleased with the gritty performance of Jesse Joensuu in the club’s season-opener.


  1. IMO goaltending controversies are usually the result of 1or 2 things 1 team is losing for extended periods or being very inconsistent (hello Vancouver) and not looking very good so fans and media almost automatically start questioning the goaltending. 2 Bad Goaltending. If Bernier and Reimer can continue to perform the way they have so far I cant see there being much of a controversy. *fingers crossed*

  2. The only controversy is with the MEDIA …the Leafs quite possibly have one of the top 3 tandems in the league and it will take both these guys to work as a team for there team to get into the playoffs and have any success …..its about playing for the guy next to you so stop saying there is any controversy …because there really isn’t……

    JUST AN FYI …Reimer posted a Leaf record for best save % in the clubs history last year …
    yeah he sucks and only a back up !! LMAO….stop the stupidness !!!

    They way I see it right now Jake Gardiner is extreme trade bait …..Leafs need a bigger shut down guy on the depth chart !! Franson looks awesome !!! Great first pass and taking the body but beyond that its slim.
    I am not very confident with Rangers foot speed or puck handling abilities on the way out of the zone !!

    Leafs will need to give up a few pieces to get a top notch veteran 1- 2 OR 2- 3 D man…… ITS A MUST !!!

    Totaly agree with LYLE again on Trouba ….whoa there …McKinnon is just one game in too !!

    • Reimers save percentage should be taken with a grain of salt alot of second and third saves due to poor rebound control and the fact he knocks more pucks down with his glove than he catches…dont get me wrong he played very well kept them in some games but everybody with the “well look at his save percentage…” should probably watch some more games where he was dropping or mishandeling pucks left and right and making saves more frequently then was necessary. Alot of second and third whacks from a foot away the net at pucks can do wonders for a save percentage.

      • Look at the defence he had ????

        • I understand that but if you catch the puck more or eat more pucks instead of just “blocking” them its 1 save not 2 or 3 thus upping the number of shots and the save percentage. Im not saying he played poorly or the defence wasnt partially responsible when not clearing rebounds, Im just saying his save percentage is slightly inflated compared to other goalies who have the ability to catch or absorb pucks. Probably could have something to do with the reason

          • Belfour Joseph Potvin all had great glove hands and teams didnt shoot from all over the place because they had a scouting report that said they cant catch pucks or handle the puck. Again watch some of the games from half way thru the season last year thru the playoffs, teams were pretty much shooting on him soon as they got in to the zone and generally high glove side because he has issues controlling the puck and there are tones of rebounds. All reasons that his save percentage is the highest in Leaf history more so then saying well his sv % is one of the highest of all leaf goalies so he must be one of the best.

  3. Bernier looked awesome last night. He was making saves, that most goalies just throw their body at, look easy. He made one glove save through a screen and just calmly cought it and got the whistle. I wonder if it helped he was playing philly who also could have traded for him and he would have stepped right in as their #1. I don’t know is mason can regain his calder form. Smaller equipment I think will hurt him.

    • Agreed

  4. that is the difference between bernier and reimer is the glove but boy does bernier sure have a glove holy smokes some of the saves he made were freakin awesome and i dont know bout u guys but i wasnt worried when we went to the thrid lik the last couple of years but still time and i would for sure trade one of the two if it meant brigging in a top 2dman but maybe after th season justto have stability inthe playoffs