Spezza

Spezza

Last night, Ottawa interim head coach Cory Clouston flexed his muscle and used his “new-coach” capital to send a message to star center Jason Spezza during the second period of a loss to Vancouver.

With the Sens down, 3-0, after one period, Clouston skated Spezza just four shifts in the middle period, according to Don Brennan’s report in the Ottawa Sun. Spezza had posted a minus-3 rating in the first period.

MK: The Sens talked about accountability when they made the coaching change, and now they have it. It’s doubtful it’ll make much of a difference because Clouston is the just the most recent in a long line of coaches who’ve tried to get through to Spezza.

Elsewhere around the division:

According to the Montreal Gazette, La Presse is reporting that Montreal’s Sergei and Andrei Kostitsyn have ties to organized crime figure Pasquale Mangiola. We’ll keep a close eye on this story as it continues to develop.

•Oh, and the Habs lost again — this time in Pittsburgh.

•In the Toronto Sun, Rob Longley says the worst might be yet to come for the Maple Leafs.

•Also in the Sun, Gary Loewen writes that taking Nik Antropov 10th overall 11 years ago might finally pay off for the Leafs.