NHL Canadian Corner – April 16, 2014

An update on Canadiens center Daniel Briere, latest on Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle and Senators bench boss Paul MacLean, and updates on the Oilers, Flames, Jets and Canucks.

Canadiens looking for playoff magic from Daniel Briere.

Canadiens looking for playoff magic from Daniel Briere.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The playoffs is the time to shine for Canadiens forward Daniel Briere, who has 109 points in 108 postseason games.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: The fate of Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle remains uncertain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s widely assumed Carlyle will be replaced. The recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president could delay that decision.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk said head coach Paul MacLean will return next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: He’ll have to change his style, as the Senators were among this season’s worst defensive teams.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers GM Craig MacTavish remains steadfast in his support of his coaching and scouting staff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That support will be tested next season if the Oilers fail to make any significant improvement.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets defenseman Jacob Trouba will join Team USA at the upcoming World Hockey Championships.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Pending RFA defenseman Chris Tanev was among the few bright spots in an otherwise miserable season for the Canucks.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames will be moving their AHL affiliate from Abbotsford, BC. Glen Falls, NY has been suggested as a possible destination.


  1. Go Habs Go! Hopefully our teams depth pays off for the playoffs. Can’t wait to watch the games tonight. :)

  2. Well the draft lottery was kind of boring… Not that it can be that exciting… Was listening to Dave Hodge on tsn 1050 today he actually had a decent idea all non play off teams are given roughly the same opportunity to win the lottery. .. In doing so you would limit the amount of teams “tanking” and wouldn’t really be giving the 17th place team much of a advantage over the 30th because let’s face it pheonix really isn’t that much of a power house that ekblad would make a bigger impact there then with Florida…

    • Half hour of my life Ill never get back…I know I probably need some kind of 12 step program because I watch such things. Hodge has mentioned that before seems like an idea with some merit.

      • Who do you have your eye on for leafs drafting .. Obviously a lot depends on movement in draft order if they move up or down but I would think that given their spot i like a few guys still once you get past the 9th and 10th pick it seems to really drop off.. I’m thinking nic Ritchie is the one to target. Sound like a couple injuries had kept him out for a little and maybe hurt his draft spot. He isn’t a Bennett but sounds like he could turn into the big power forward leafs need in their system