Canadian Corner – September 18, 2011.

In today’s collection of Canadian NHL team news: Oilers forward Taylor Hall could get rich quick…Updates on the status of Canadiens Josh Gorges and Max Pacioretty…Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur has more to prove…Flames center Matt Stajan hopes for a better season…Senators are unsure what they have in Nikita Filatov…Canucks seek fourth line grinders…Jets face a full house of fans at their first practice.

EDMONTON SUN: reports Oilers forward Taylor Hall claims he’s not thinking about his next contract, but the report suggests the recent one signed by NY Islanders forward John Tavares (six years, $33 million) could be a comparable.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No “could” about it, it will be, especially if Hall keeps improving over the life of his current contract. The earlier the Oilers can open contract extension talks with Hall is next summer, but it remains to be seen if they will, given the uncertainty over what might be contained in the next CBA.

THE CANADIAN PRESS: reports Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges and forward Max Pacioretty looked good in their first inter-squad game at training camp. Both are coming off serious season-ending injuries and reportedly came to camp in great shape.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For all the focus on Andrei Markov’s health, Canadiens fans should be pleased with this news about Gorges and Pacioretty.

SPORTSNET: report Toronto Maple Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur is pleased over his recent two-year contract with the club, but has no intention of resting on his laurels, feeling he has more to prove this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: MacArthur was one of the few bright spots for the Leafs last season, and may be coming into his own as a two-way forward.

CALGARY SUN: reports Flames center Matt Stajan has reported to camp in great shape and is hoping to silence his critics with an improved performance this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Stajan can pick up his game this season he could provide the Flames with invaluable depth at center, which could only help their playoff chances.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: reports it remains to be seen what kind of player Nikita Filatov will become with the Senators. A former highly-touted prospect of the Blue Jackets, he struggled to crack their lineup and was dealt to the Senators this summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think the problem was the Blue Jackets may have been trying too hard to make Filatov, a gifted offensive player, into a two-way player. It might be best to work on his strengths and gradually work on the defensive aspects of his game.

 VANCOUVER PROVINCE: reports the Canucks are seeking grinders for their fourth line. Among those hoping to nail down a spot is Mike Duco, who played briefly for the Panthers last season.

WINNIPEG SUN: reports fans packed the Jets practice facility for the club’s first day on the ice in training camp.


  1. It’s good news about Gorges and Pacioretty.Pacioretty will be able to consult Eric Cole on how he dealt with coming back from a serious injury.Cole was injured about a month before the beginning of 2006 playoffs and only played two or three games in the final against Edmonton.

  2. Excellent news about Pacioretty and Gorges. Those two were HUGE pieces of the club before injury. A healthy gorges also buys time for Markov to rest properly before heading back. That’s a massive relief for me knowing these two look good already. Great for Pacioretty in particular. I mean, the guy received one of the most disrespectful cheap shots you can get in hockey and it broke his neck. To see him able to come back period is great. Go habs go!