In today’s roundup of notable Canadian NHL team news: Canucks GM addresses what his team is lacking this season…Luke Schenn tries to regain his form…Senators missing Alfredsson…Scott Gomez won’t move to the wing on his return…Jets Bryan Little struggling to score…Flames defense making improvements…Magnus Paajarvi working on his game.
VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks GM Mike Gillis doesn’t fault his coaching staff for his club’s sluggish start, suggesting instead there’s a lack of intensity throughout the lineup.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are simply too talented to remain in their current funk for much longer. As the season progresses, expect their intensity to improve.
TORONTO SUN: Defenseman Luke Schenn is working to overcome his early season slump, receiving advice from head coach Ron Wilson, team captain Dion Phaneuf and Mike Komisarek.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Schenn may be feeling the pressure of trying to play up to the expectations that came from his performance last season and his new contract.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have struggled with team captain Daniel Alfredsson sidelined by concussion, but he could be returning to the lineup soon.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Senators, but they should use the time without Alfredsson constructively, as it’s an indicator of what life will be like in a year or two when he finally retires.
MONTREAL GAZETTE: Scott Gomez won’t be playing on the wing upon his return to the lineup, as it appears Lars Eller will be shifted to wing.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: While Habs fans aren’t happy with Gomez’s play, he’s better at center than on the wing.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Centre Bryan Little has been struggling to find his scoring touch this season, with no goals and three assists in 14 games.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Little was supposed to be the Jets first line center, but he’s shown “little” of that ability this season.
CALGARY HERALD: The Flames shot-blocking has improved their overall defensive play, moving them into the top third of the league in that category.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Magnus Paajarvi is being told to use his size, skating and shooting skills if he hopes to appear more on the scoresheet.