NHL Canadian Corner – August 16, 2014

Latest on Phil Kessel, Teddy Purcell and Alex Burmistrov, plus updates on the Oilers, Flames, Canadiens and Senators. 

TORONTO STAR: Don’t expect notoriously media-shy Phil Kessel to be more open with the Toronto media this season. He said he’ll let his play do the talking.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Just as he always does. I realize some in the Toronto media don’t like Kessel’s shyness  (aloofness?) around them, but it should be an accepted fact  by now that he doesn’t like speaking to the press. When he does he usually  doesn’t have much to say.

Teddy Purcell has no hard feelings over his trade to the Oilers.

Teddy Purcell has no hard feelings over his trade to the Oilers.

 THE HOCKEY NEWS: Teddy Purcell said he has no hard feelings toward the Tampa Bay Lightning for shipping him to the Edmonton Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Purcell has an opportunity to become a leader with the young, rebuilding Oilers. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples with an interesting take on the Oilers hiring hockey analytics blogger Tyler Dellow and how to interpret Corsi ratings regarding individual players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s a lengthy read but well worthwhile as Staples adds more fuel to the debate over Corsi ratings. He also offers up a fair assessment of Dellow’s work in the field of hockey analytics. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Alex Burmistrov intends to return to the NHL upon completion of his KHL contract, which expires at the end of this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets still hold the 22-year-old Burmistrov’s rights.

CALGARY SUN: Flames president Brian Burke takes the Ice Bucket challenge.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens prospect Tim Bozon is back on skates after battling meningitis.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators are touring Ottawa-area communities.