NHL Canadian Corner – April 12, 2014

Jets end their season with a win over the Flames, in praise of P.K. Subban, Ryan Smyth retires, plus the latest on Senators, Canucks and Maple Leafs. 

WINNIPEG SUN/CALGARY HERALD: The Winnipeg Jets ended yet another disappointing season on a winning note, downing the Calgary Flames 5-3. Earlier in the day the Flames got some good news, as Hobey Baker award winner Johnny Gaudreau signed an entry-level contract.

NATIONAL POST: Joe O’Connor offers up praise for Montreal Canadiens oft-maligned superstar P.K. Subban.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Subban gets a lot of hate because of his colorful personality on the ice. I don’t doubt some of his haters are motivated by racism.  What’s undeniable is Subban is an elite player who is only going to get better. He’s also one of the more personable and hardest-working players in the league.  Subban’s the anchor of the Habs defense corps and will  receive a significant long-term contract extension this summer keeping him in Montreal.

Ryan Smyth announces he'll retire at season's end.

Ryan Smyth announces he’ll retire at season’s end.

EDMONTON SUN: Ryan Smyth’s made a dry-eyed but still emotional retirement announcement on Friday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Smyth wasn’t a superstar but few Oilers greats worked harder.  He was a heart-and-soul player who gave everything to that club. He’ll never be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, but I think the Oilers should retire his number.  Sadly, he never played for a Stanley Cup champion. He also proudly represented Canada in several international tournaments, earning the nickname “Captain Canada”. He won gold in two world championships (2003, 2004), as well as gold in the 1995 World Juniors, the 2002 Olympics, 2004 World Cup and the 2012 Spengler Cup. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: If the Canucks don’t move out significant salary this summer, they’ll have about $5.6 million to spend on free agents.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I think they’ll have more than that once they move Ryan Kesler and perhaps Alex Edler.

SPORTSNET: Chris Johnston reports Dave Nonis will remain as Leafs GM under new team president Brendan Shanahan.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators forward Mika Zibanejad’s season is over due to an undisclosed injury.


  1. I can remember reading a few years back about this guy (a Canadian I think) who started off with a paperclip and kept trading up. At various times he was in possession of numerous items like a pen, a van, a trip, time in a recording studio, and if memory serves me, he ended up with a house. That’s a guy the Leafs should hire. As it stands, the Leafs need to make changes this off season, and not just at the management/coaching level. There’s nothing imminent on the prospect horizon, at least in terms of impacting the current roster. They should steer clear of the free agent pool at all costs. Most forays into that market have been nothing short of unmitigated disasters in recent years. Which leaves trades, and here’s where it get tricky. The Leafs are basically comprised of players they shouldn’t trade, players that can’t be traded and players who would fetch little in the way of return. They need to get inventive and think outside the box, rather than fill one hole while creating another. Who knows, maybe if they apply the logic of the forward thinking lad who eventually parlayed a paperclip into a home, they could, in due time, turn an office stapler into that top four D-man they so sorely need (just joking folks).

    • lol funny… Its got my vote.

  2. Phaneuf, Kadri, Gardiner and a pick or prospect to Nashville for Shea Weber.

    • keeeeeeeeep dreaming Nashville will never take on dions contract and why would anyone want kadri?

      • May be you won’t get weber for that package, but to say”why would anyone want kadri?” is just stupid or because you’re a leaf hater!

  3. why do leaf fans always think they can get something for their plugs?