NHL Canadian Corner – August 28, 2014

NHL expansion to Toronto an expensive idea, updates on Robin Lehner, Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Andrew Ladd and Lance Bouma, plus the latest on the Canucks and Canadiens. 

TORONTO STAR: Josh Rubin explains why placing an NHL expansion club in Toronto would be an expensive notion, largely because the Maple Leafs would want considerably more than their share of expansion fees to bless such a plan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As Rubin notes, the Leafs have fought tooth and nail for years to prevent another franchise setting up shop in Southern Ontario, which is the Leafs’ backyard. They’ll want considerable compensation for any potentially lost revenue. Besides, such a move appears remote. A plan to construct an arena in Markham, Ontario was shot down by city council.

Robin Lehner denies there's a goalie controversy with Craig Anderson.

Robin Lehner denies there’s a goalie controversy with Craig Anderson.

OTTAWA SUN:  Senators goalie Robin Lehner dismisses the notion there will be a goaltender controversy between himself and Craig Anderson, who was recently re-signed.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Lehner should take over as starting goalie this season I can see the Senators shopping Anderson next summer and bringing in an experienced backup. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL:  Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle have different styles but similar success with scoring-chance shots.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd dismisses pessimism over his club’s chances this season.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames signed Lance Bouma to a one-year, one-way contract.

THE VANCOUVER PROVINCE: 10 reasons things are looking up for the Canucks entering this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens remain legally able to sell beer at the Bell Centre.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Habs want to sell overpriced, watered-down beer to fans willing to drink it they should have that right. 


  1. Re: Expansion. The idea of another team in the GTA isn’t so far fetched when you consider who owns the Leafs. Media companies thrive on content, another team(s) will definitely help with that. The question is, how much will an expansion team devalue the other teams in its proposed area…ie, how much would the Sens, Sabers, and Leafs get devalued by a new team in the area? Anyone that studied Econ knows this will happen however the effect might be greatest on the two weaker clubs which might not be best right now. Otherwise, if I was Bell and/or Rogers, having a new team(s) will supply more content to which they can bank on bringing them (ad) revenue especially with a newly inked tv deal.
    Personally, I don’t see the point of expanding beyond 32 teams…even that seems like a high number of teams for one league but at least at 32 we can have two conferences of 16 teams where half will make it to the post season and half will not. Simple.

  2. How come no one argues you? I say the exact same thing and the peanut gallery blows up.