NHL Canadian Corner – August 8, 2014

Updates on Alex Burrows, Mike Santorelli, Curtis Lazard and Sam Bennett, plus an optimist’s look at the Oilers moves this summer. 


Alex Burrows talks about the possibility of moving off the Canucks' top line.

Alex Burrows talks about the possibility of moving off the Canucks’ top line.

SPORTSNET.CA:  Canucks winger Alex Burrows talks about the possibility of losing his spot with Daniel and Henrik Sedin to newcomer Radim Vrbata.  Burrows could be moved to a line with new center Nick Bonino and either Zack Kassian or Jannik Hansen.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Burrows is demoted from the Sedins line he won’t have much say in the matter. The Canucks are desperate for offense, which is why they signed Vrbata this summer. Burrows struggled through an injury-shortened 2013-14 season, which affected his offensive production. 

RICHMOND REVIEW: New Toronto Maple Leafs center Mike Santorelli is working hard for the upcoming season as once again he has to prove himself as an NHL center.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: While Senators prospect Curtis Lazar could be part of Canada’s team for the 2015 World Junior Hockey Championships, his preference is to be a regular part of the Senators roster this season.

CALGARY SUN: Flames prospect Sam Bennett aims to make his mark with Canada’s junior team.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: An optimist’s look at the moves made this summer by the Oilers, which includes the additions of Benoit Pouliot, Mark Fayne, Teddy Purcell, Nikita Nikitin and Leon Draisaitl.


  1. Careful Radim he bites….

    • haha he sure does

  2. Alex Burrows has been a steady goal scorer who averaged just under 30 goals a year ( 28,26, 35, and 28 goals) before he suffered through a couple of injury ravaged years (13 goals in 47 games and then 5 in 49 games playing for a coach who made no secret he didn’t want him around), if anyone has earned the chance to play his way back onto the top line it’s him. Alex Burrows has been a consummate teammate filling whatever role was asked of him and taking less money than he would’ve gotten on the open market in the prime of his career to allow the Canucks to assemble their Cup Final team. if Burrows can stay healthy (it’s unlikely Desjardins will ask scoring forwards to risk injury by blocking shots like Tortorella did … with predictable results) then he should have a bounceback season. having a 2nd line center who can actually pass the puck (Bonino) should bode well for Burrows and Kassian.