NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, April 16, 2013.

The Oilers fire Steve Tambellini as GM, the NHL postpones Senat0rs-Bruins game, the lates ton Alex Burmistrov, and game recaps involving Canadian NHL teams.

New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (l) and team president Kevin Lowe address the media.

New Oilers GM Craig MacTavish (l) and team president Kevin Lowe address the media.

EDMONTON SUN: The Edmonton Oilers yesterday fired Steve Tambellini as their general manager, replacing him with former Oilers player and coach Craig MacTavish.

SPECTOR’S NOTE While most Oilers fans, bloggers and pundits agreed Tambellini had to go, the news MacTavish is his replacement was greeted with skepticism and, in some case, outright derision. It’s seen as the Oilers maintaining their “old boys network” in the front office, rather than looking outside their organization for a suitable replacement. 

OTTAWA CITIZEN: In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the NHL and Bruins postponed last night’s scheduled Senators-Bruins game in Boston. No word yet when it’ll be rescheduled.

TORONTO STAR: James Reimer made 31 saves as an outplayed Maple Leafs teams blanked the New Jersey Devils 2-0, handing the latter their tenth straight win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since the NHL trade deadline, Reimer has a record of 4-1-1 with one shutout. Yeah, the Maple Leafs really needed an expensive veteran goaltender. I noted that on Twitter last night and a couple of folks tried to downplay Reimer win last night because it was against a slumping Devils team, conveniently overlooking the fact those Devils out-played the Leafs, and if not for Reimer’s performance, the outcome would’ve been different. Even Randy Carlyle said Reimer stole that game for his team.

Some folks still believe the Leafs would be better off with a goalie with playoff experience. So when the hell is Reimer supposed to get playoff experience? If not this year, when expectations are low and Leafs fans are happy just to see their playoff drought ended, when?  Have folks forgotten NHL playoff history is rife with stories of goalies who were playoff rookies playing well in postseason competition?  Reimer’s earned the chance. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler scored twice as the Vancouver Canucks downed the Nashville Predators 5-2, ending the latter’s playoff chances.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win kept the Canucks five points up on the Minnesota Wild (who also won last night) for first in the Northwest Division.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Carey Price was pulled from his second straight game as the Montreal Canadiens suffered their second straight blowout defeat, falling 7-3 to the Philadelphia Flyers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price wasn’t exactly stellar in that game, but it was his defense which let him down in that game, not the other way around as it was on Saturday against the Leafs. The Canadiens played like a team which knows it has a playoff berth locked up skating against a team whose playoff hopes are hanging by a thread. Canadiens forward Ryan White could face supplemental discipline for elbowing Flyers blueliner Kent Huskins in the head.

CALGARY HERALD: New Flames forward Ben Hanowski scored his first NHL goal in his club’s 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Hanowski was part of the return for Jarome Iginla.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Alexander Burmistrov talks about the criticism he’s received from fans this season as well as his role with the Jets.

2 Comments

  1. “While most Oilers fans, bloggers and pundits agreed Tambellini had to go”

    I am not sure if getting rid of Tambellini is going to really change anything. Maybe it should have been Lowe? The old boy’s network needs a bigger shakeup. A bold move is needed to bring in a #1 Defenseman. I’m pretty sure Tambellini was on a tight leash- gotta give up something to get something…

  2. I think Reimer has easily earned the opportunity to run with the ball as they say with what certainly appears as a Maple Leaf playoff appearance in the bag. I truly do give Nonis and Carlisle credit for combining their talents to focus this group on the various tasks at hand. Penalty kill has improved to 7th overall under Carlisle and perhaps the best trade deadline things Nonis did is leave well enough alone.

    Truth be known, nobody anywhere in the hockey world, really knows which of these players, if any, will step up to the plate during the playoffs and lead the charge. Bozak, Kadri, Lupul, Kessel, Komarov or Reimer?

    But i also believe that the Leafs first round opponent will likely be the Bruins and that is not good news for the Buds. They are not quite big enough or strong enough to successfully handle that team over a 7 game series; but as they say, the games themselves must be played before a winner declared