In today’s selection of notable NHL Canadian team news: Roberto Luongo hears the catcalls in Vancouver…Don’t expect to see Andrei Markov playing in October…Ryan Whitney finally returns to the Oilers lineup…The Jets best player…Nazim Kadri still sidelined…Flames coach admires his team’s tenacity…Senators coach unhappy over his team’s recent loss.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo heard the boos from the Vancouver crowd in last night’s 3-0 loss to the NY Rangers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: How quickly they forget that, without Luongo, the Canucks wouldn’t have made it to the Stanley Cup Final last season, or that he’s traditionally a slow starter. Yes, he hasn’t played well right now, but the entire team is struggling early, and Luongo doesn’t deserve to be singled out and made the scapegoat. One day, Canuckleheads, you’ll miss him when he’s gone. Yes, I know, you believe Cory Schneider is the end-all and be-all, but he’s yet to prove himself as a starter, and quite frankly, the only way he’ll get that shot in Vancouver is if Luongo suddenly retires, or demands a trade, and booing “Bobby Lou” isn’t going to drive him out of town. Perhaps you folks would prefer a return to the “good old days”, when the one thing that consistently prevented the Canucks from advancing in the playoffs was average goaltending? Honestly, be thankful for what you’ve got!
RDS.CA: Montreal Canadiens coach Jacques Martin yesterday confirmed defenseman Andrei Markov won’t be returning to the lineup this month.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs will simply have to make do until he’s finally ready to return.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Ryan Whitney finally returned to the Oilers lineup, having missed the preseason and the opening two weeks of the season to a nagging ankle injury.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Whitney’s return should dampen the early season trade rumors of the Oilers shopping for a puck-moving defenseman.
WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Sophomore forward Alexander Burmistrov has been the Jets best player thus far.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’s shown considerably improvement compared to last season, and it’ll be interesting to see if he can continue this pace throughout the season.
TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs don’t intend to rush back forward Nazim Kadri, who is recovering from a sprained left knee suffered in preseason.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the Leafs strong start there’s no reason to rush back Kadri or any of their injured players.
CALGARY HERALD: Flames coach Brent Sutter was impressed by his teams “no-quit” attitude as they rallied to a 2-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers.
OTTAWA SUN: Senators head coach Paul MacLean wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in its 7-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Sadly, I don’t think there’s much MacLean can do, as his roster is stocked with young players still learning the ropes at the NHL level.