NHL Canadian Corner – August 4, 2014

More reaction to the Canadiens re-signing P.K. Subban, Phil Kessel talks about the Leafs upcoming season, wondering where Dustin Byfuglien would  be a better fit with the Jets, and an interview with Canucks president Trevor Linden. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Jack Todd suspects Canadiens owner Geoff Molson played a hand in the club re-signing P.K. Subban to a long-term contract only one day following his arbitration hearing. Todd feels Molson feared Subban winding up with one of the Habs archrivals like Toronto or Boston.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It remains to be seen what the real reason was, but Subban signing with Toronto or Boston as an unrestricted free agent in two years time was a possibility. Potential cap constraints aside, it’s likely either club would’ve explored that option and found a way to make the dollars fit. 

Phil Kessel believes Maple Leafs can avoid another meltdown.

Phil Kessel believes Maple Leafs can avoid another meltdown.

CANADIAN PRESS (via Brandon Sun): Toronto Maple Leafs star Phil Kessel believes his club will be prepared to avoid another late-season collapse like the one which doomed the team in 2013-14.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They’d better, or there will be management and coaching changes, along with some roster moves. 

NBC SPORTS: Would the Jets be better with Dustin Byfuglien on defense?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only if you’ve got him paired with a quality “stay-at-home” defender. Otherwise, he seems better suited at forward, though he can also play the point on the power play. But that’s my take. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes recently interviewed Canucks president Trevor Linden on the club’s new direction.


  1. Nevermind “late season collapse” anykind of slump or prolonged stretch of bad hockey is going to atleast cost a coach, and probably more than that. Im pretty sure that much is clear to everyone in the organization, players, coaches, and management after this offseason. Bout time too, no more coasting.

    • no Olympic break this year lol