In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo sidelined for tonight’s Canucks-Blackhawks game…Phil Kessel’s value to the Maple Leafs…Should Daniel Alfredsson be a captain at this year’s all-star game?…Flames coach looking for more from Rene Bourque…Oilers and Jets each lose a blueliner to injuries…The Canadiens Swiss pipeline.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo will miss his team’s matchup tonight against arch-rival Chicago Blackhawks to an upper body injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word on how serious the injury is or how long Luongo will be sidelined. Cue his haters celebration of Cory Schneider starting tonight against Chicago, whilst drumming up baseless rumors Luongo is faking an injury because he “fears” the Blackhawks.
TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley wonders where the Maple Leafs would be without sniper Phil Kessel?
SPECTOR’S NOTE: What is, “up a creek without a paddle”, Alex.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan suggests if Daniel Alfredsson plays in this year’s all-star game, he should be nominated for team captain of the Eastern Conference.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sure, why not? Though such a move wouldn’t please everyone (hello there, Leafs Nation).
CALGARY HERALD: Flames coach Brent Sutter recently defended winger Rene Bourque, suggesting the reason Bourque’s scoring is down this season is due to Sutter’s desire for him to become a more complete player.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Cam Barker is sidelined by an ankle sprain for up to a month.
WINNIPEG SUN: Jets blueliner Zach Bogosian suffered an injury during Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which forced him to miss yesterday’s skills competition, leaving him questionable for Thursday’s game against Washington.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Defenseman Yannick Weber and Raphael Diaz are products of the Canadiens “Swiss pipeline”