NHL Canadian Corner – August 8, 2013.

The latest on Jason Spezza, Josh Gorges and Chris Tanev, plus the Flames add two former NHLers to their AHL farm team staff.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators star Jason Spezza recently spoke about the departure of long-time Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson and his thoughts about being a candidate to replace Alfredsson as team captain. Like everyone else, Spezza was surprised by Alfredsson’s decision to sign with the Detroit Red Wings, and acknowledged becoming captain was something he was working toward, adding the club already has a terrific leadership group so nothing would have to change.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Spezza seems the likely choice. Though 35-year-old Chris Phillips has been there longer, he’s coming to the end of his career, while Spezza is 30 and likely has several years remaining with the Senators.

Josh Gorges looking forward to the upcoming season.

Josh Gorges looking forward to the upcoming season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges is gearing up for another season, coming off a summer in which he got married. He’s looking forward to the upcoming season and playing with new Habs Daniel Briere and George Parros.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Gorges is one of the stalwarts of the Canadiens blueline, and will be key to the Habs improving on last season’s performance, particularly in the postseason.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: There’s been no progress in contract negotiations between the Vancouver Canucks and RFA blueliner Chris Tanev.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have hired Craig Conroy as their hockey operations boss of the Abbotsford Heat (their farm club). Robbie Ftorek was also hired as an assistant coach with the Heat.


  1. Looks like after Vcr recommended Tanev to get an agent, who was negoiating his own contract with the help of his father ( Have we heards of this before…like Hodgson ) is no closer to getting a deal done. I think patience is dwindling and Mr Tanev ( which ever one you choose ) might not be in camp. Vcr has the hammer as Tanev is a RFA with a more than adequate replacement ( Corrado ) behind him maybe MG should start thinking trade

  2. Trade tanev and sign Douglas Murray or Mark Fistric. Tanev is steady, but he’s small and the whole league knows the Canucks lack truculence. Pair Murray with fellow swede Elder, Murray could show Edler how to inflict pain on a daily basis.

  3. Fred, your right, I think Corrado has more upside than Tanev IMO, plus he’s about two or three inches taller and will most likely end up at about 210 lbs.