NHL Canadian Corner – August 26, 2014

Reaction to Craig Anderson’s new deal with the Senators, plus updates on Max Pacioretty, David Clarkson and Martin Marincin.

OTTAWA CITIZEN/OTTAWA SUN: Ken Warren and Chris Hofley report on goaltender Craig Anderson’s new three-year, $12.6 million deal with the Senators. Anderson claims to be ecstatic over his new deal and looks forward to the challenge of jockeying with Robin Lehner for the starter’s role. Anderson’s contract lacks a no-trade clause, but so too does Lehner’s. Hofley also reports contract talks with Bobby Ryan and Marc Methot are continuing.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Competition between Anderson and Lehner could work to the Senators’ advantage, providing them with better goaltending. It also provides them with a trade chip, as they can move one of them if necessary in a deal to address other roster issues. 

Max Pacioretty hopes to move into a leadership role with the Canadiens.

Max Pacioretty hopes to move into a leadership role with the Canadiens.

TSN.CA: Max Pacioretty said he’s had discussions with P.K. Subban regarding the club’s vacant captaincy and both players are ready to fill the leadership void left by the departure of now-former captain Brian Gionta.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Other candidates for the Canadiens’ captaincy include Tomas Plekenac and Andrei Markov. 

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs winger David Clarkson hopes for a better second season with the club than his first.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Following last season’s disastrous 11-point season in 60 games, punctuated by two suspensions, things can only improve for Clarkson this season. How much of an improvement, however, remains to be seen. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples believes the Oilers shouldn’t count on Martin Marincin in a top-pairing role this season.


  1. I honestly hope that PK get’s the C. I think he is the heart and soul of the Habs, he has overcome so much negativity to become a Norris Trophy winner and one of the leagues most exciting players and he is a hard worker. I think Montreal giving him the ‘C’ also has a chance to begin to change the attitude and the culture of the league.

    • I agree. Although PK is young, he has insane energy and that “pump you up” attitude. He has NO problem talking to the cameras or being asked difficult questions which he handles both with ease. He has to be captain.

  2. Love your new interface on your site. However, the three links at the top of the page ,including Canadian corner and the soapbox, no longer work.

    • Yes, they do. Simply click the logos themselves, rather than the text.

      • I don’t like that I have to us the back button after viewing the rumors to get to the Canadian corner or vice versa!

  3. The Anderson signing would appear to be to Ottawa’s advantage as it’s been pointed out by many that a goalie under contract is easier to deal at some point than is a pending UFA. And while that’s very true and could work to Ottawa’s advantage IF both are having great years either this year or next, in the back of my mind is the knowledge that lehner does NOT play well as a strictly back-up goalie. especially if Anderson goes on a hot streak and plays 6, 7, 8 games in a row before giving up a start to Lehner. He has consistently shown that he plays better the MORE he plays. So is Ottawa intending to give them equal billing in the net or at least 60-40? If not, I just can’t see Lehner developing in a role he is simply not mentally suited for.