NHL Canadian Corner – December 28, 2013.

Maple Leafs down the Sabres, Jets defeat the Wild, Oilers blank the Flames, Senators beaten by Bruins, an update on Roberto Luongo and the Canadiens hit the road following their Christmas break.

Joffrey Lupul scores the game-winning goal as the Leafs edge the Sabres.

Joffrey Lupul scores the game-winning goal as the Leafs edge the Sabres.

TORONTO STAR: Joffrey Lupul scored in a shootout as the Maple Leafs nipped the lowly Buffalo Sabres 4-3. It was also reported Friday Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf was on the verge of re-signing with Toronto. Phaneuf declined to comment while his agent claimed they were still working on a new deal with the Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s believed Phaneuf’s new deal could be finalized before the Winter Classic on January 1. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Al Montoya made 22 of 23 saves helping the Jets overcome an early 3-2 deficit to defeat the Minnesota Wild 6-4. Montoya relieved struggling starter Ondrej Pavelec midway through the first period.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Pavelec’s inconsistency is among the reasons for the Jets’ inability to become a playoff contender.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/CALGARY SUN: Ryan Smyth scored the game’s only goals and Devan Dubnyk made 27 saves as the Oilers blanked the Flames 2-0.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Boston Bruins overcome a poor first period performance to maul the Senators 5-0.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo will miss 7-10 days with a suspected groin injury.

LA PRESSE; After a five-day Christmas break the Montreal Canadiens hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Lightning.

22 Comments

  1. Wow I don’t know how Nonis is able to keep pulling these signings off (sarcasm) Phaneuf 7 years for $7M. Nonis must be some kind of magician first he was able to ink Clarkson to a 7 year deal then Bozak to a 4 year deal then Kessel to a 7 year deal now Phanuef to a 7 year deal mean while other idiot GM’s can only seem to ink their leading scorers to 3 year deals like in the case of Steen (more sarcasm).

    This Phaneuf signing will continue to fill a temporary hole on the Leafs D but will cause a long term problem as Dion begins his downward spiral into becoming an average or below average defenseman which will start in about one year from now if not sooner. Can anyone say Brian McCabe? Didn’t he score on his own net a lot too? LOL

    • If you look at all 20 guys that are comparable to Phaneuf and take an average of their length of contract its 6.94 years…now you were saying something about most Gms inking guys to only 3 year deals? Besides RFAs name some of these deals.

      • I cant wait for you to post these comparable d men to Phaneuf.

        Nonis should be canned. No other GM could get away with handing out what ever term it takes to try and keep his job. Nonis sucks nothing else I can say. Seven more years of mediocrity.

        • Go to cap geek look up Phaneuf, hit comparables add up all twenty guys ( the length of those contracts) and take the average, its not that difficult really…lol

      • One deal is a long way off “most GMs”….most GMs sign their best players to longterm deals, this would be the reason there are very few top pairing D men available, think about it for a second if Dion goes UFA who do you expect becomes the most sought after d man on the UFA market this year…probably Phaneuf possibly Boyle but Dion is 7 years younger thus more likely to get a longer deal. I wish there was a way to keep the hit lower personally I would have been alright giving him 8 if the hit was closer to 6. Realistically with in the next couple years with guys like Seabrook Yandel Chara Wisnewski Subban Boyle Markov Green all getting new contracts and with the cap jumping by leaps and bounds, 7×7 is going to be peanuts. Next year its not even 10% of total cap space.

        • Shticky
          Not to call you out at all buddy but you were totally fine with defending the Bozak contract and Clarkson contract when the negotiations and the eventual deals were announced and now you are realizing these contracts are horrible. I’m just saying this exact same thing is going to happen with Phaneuf I will guarantee it 1000%. I hear what you are saying about Dion becoming a UFA and getting even more money from some other team and agree same as Bozak, Clarkson, Komi, Liles, Grabo, tiny Tim, and just about every other pending UFA or UFA the Leafs have signed but all I can say to that is, twenty wrongs don’t make a right. If there was no cap I would say give Dion what ever term and amount he wants because MLSE is cash rich but all these contracts are going to come back to haunt this team in the next two years (if not already) as it leaves less money for RFA’s and hampers our trading ability to take on other teams bad contracts in exchange for good young talent.

          Nonis played hardball with Franson on the amount and ended up with a crappy one year deal instead of paying a little more and inking him to a long term deal. This happened so he could give some of the money to Bozak and Clarkson and now this is going to come back and bite Nonis in the ass this summer on the Franson negotiations same as the Canadians and Subban (different scale). Nonis is very good at trades and just awful with contract negotiations.

          • Under moderation? Did I say something wrong or inappropriate? Let me know. Thanks

        • @ shticky

          Just becuase another GM or another club is desperate to hold on to guys and sign them to big money so they can field a good team of medocrity doesnt mean the Leafs have to have there feet held to the fire as this is a terrible signing long term short term any term …not a 1- 2 D man in the league for most clubs and not a Captain on most NHL teams as well …don’t care how good a season he is having ….hes not a a Captain you want for 7 years or a core top 3 player on a teaM ….THATS MY 2 CENTS

          • Shticky
            Not to call you out at all buddy but you were totally fine with defending the Bozak contract and Clarkson contract when the negotiations and the eventual deals were announced and now you are realizing these contracts are horrible. I’m just saying this exact same thing is going to happen with Phaneuf I will guarantee it 1000%. I hear what you are saying about Dion becoming a UFA and getting even more money from some other team and agree same as Bozak, Clarkson, Komi, Liles, Grabo, tiny Tim, and just about every other pending UFA or UFA the Leafs have signed but all I can say to that is, twenty wrongs don’t make a right. If there was no cap I would say give Dion what ever term and amount he wants because MLSE is cash rich but all these contracts are going to come back to haunt this team in the next two years (if not already) as it leaves less money for RFA’s and hampers our trading ability to take on other teams bad contracts in exchange for good young talent.

            Nonis played hardball with Franson on the amount and ended up with a terrible one year deal instead of paying a little more and inking him to a long term deal. This happened so he could give some of the money to Bozak and Clarkson and now this is going to come back and bite Nonis in the ass this summer on the Franson negotiations same as the Canadians and Subban (different scale). Nonis is very good at trades and just awful with contract negotiations.

          • Suter who is super comparable in every aspect to Phaneuf has a bigger hit and a way longer term, the others who will be around the same age as Phaneuf when they get new deals will all make way more…its inflation of the cap that raises the cost. Dont get me wrong The Leafs have made some terrible deals (most teams do) Clarkson Bozak among them but this one isnt all that bad, its not about what the cap is today its what the market is going to be in the next couple of years. With in 2 years the cap will rise almost 20% if not more yet Phaneuf is only going to increase less than 10 % the Percentage of cap space spent towards Dion actually goes down in the first year of the deal from what he makes now. Right now Dion is 11.75% of the Leafs cap space the first year of his deal its only 10% the second year it will drop even further and so on. Inflation in the cap means just about everybody in the league is going to get more money like it or not.

          • Sorry my comment to Shticky posted twice

          • And no I wasn’t..lol I said the same thing all along Clarksons term is horrible (turns out its worse than that) I actually was way more in favor of trying to get Bickel or Penner as they would be way more affordable, and Bozak makes a mill or so too much so no you are not “calling me out” still waiting for the answer to most GMs signing their best players to 3 year deals…no one is denying there have been some bad deals this just isn’t one of them.
            Right now Franson is a pretty bad example of a bad contract negotiation Im not sure he is worth a long term deal that you say Nonis should have signed him to in the summer, definitely not having as good a year as he had in the shortened season so why would you sign him for more than he is proving to be worth?
            Again Nonis dosent do contracts Loiselle does, and its the same guy who has some pretty decent contracts too, Lupul, JVR, didnt get bit by Kadri, Berniers deal is good Reimer Raymond McClement Franson proves to be not worth what he was asking for imo…

          • @Shticky
            I respect what you are saying it’s just a different way to build a team. Myself I would have done it differently and we wouldn’t have Liles, Clarkson, Bozak, Kessel or Phaneuf right now. All those guys would have been trade bait before their final year of their contract kicked in unless they wanted to sign for much less (not likely). Franson would be inked to a three year deal last summer around $3M, and Gardiner, Raymond, McClement and Reimer would already be signed to a reasonable extension. I believe in team balance so having some guys at $8M and others at $2M for much the same ice time and skill just doesn’t make sense to me regardless what other teams are willing to pay these same players as UFA’s.
            Anyways he will be signed in the next day or two and will be the Capitan of the Leafs for the next seven years. Nothing more to say.

          • LMAO ……Dion isnt even half the player Suter is ….JOKE!!!!
            Thats a NON COMPAREABLE ……

            So everyone is saying that just becuase he plays all these minutes he deserves this contract ….WHO ELSE DO THEY HAVE TO DO THAT ???
            Thats the ONLY REASON HE GETS THOSE MINUTES!!!!!

            IF HE IS SO GOOD AND PLAYS AGAINST TOP LINES THAN WHY DOES OUR POWER PLAY SUCK >>>AND WE ARE 1-19 in regulation wins ……YEAH HES A GAME CHANGER ALL RIGHT .,……PLEASE!!!

            He sucks infromt of his own net …cant hit the broad side of a barn …has a terrible tour as a D man terrible skater ( SLOW) !!! an is declining in points every year …..GREAT he ends up on the Leafs and now hes a full fledged Hockey super star …BULL CRAP !!!!

            Hes done NOTHING …hasn’t even won a trophy of any sorts in the NHL

          • So basically you would blow the team up? Keep. Kadri Franson and guys who have taken a step backwards and tank after making the playoffs for the first time in a decade? This makes no sense. I understand not signing Clarkson but what is the point in trading guys because they make money…Its the Leafs not the panthers and drafting high does not mean you are building a great young team…The Oilers Panthers Bluejackets Sabers Islanders are all proof enough of that, you have to retain some talent not trade them away soon as they are up for a contract…good luck getting anyone wanting to sign or resign if every time they become something you trade them away or you have some kind of internal cap like the Sens.

          • And finally to the fool back checking…look at the following: age, games played, points per game, hits, blocks,goals and assists and finnaly minutes between Suter and Phaneuf, their stats say they are almost identical if anything Phaneuf has a higher ppg average than Suter who has not won any trophies either but if you want to be really picky about it Dion was a finalist to the Calder (lost to Ovi) and norris (loss to Lidstrom) where Suter was only a finalist to the Norris (lost to Subban) once again displaying your true knowledge of the game I see.

          • @Shticky I should have mentioned in my post that I would follow that plan of attack during the rebuild (Leafs are considered a rebuild) but once a contender is reached then yes you are right you pay the skilled leaders what ever it takes to keep them. Leafs are far from a contender of any kind so while they are in rebuild mode the expensive over paid talent needs to be moved out so the building process can continue.

    • My apologies Bozak’s deal was FIVE years not four. Uggg

      • At the end of the day I would have dangled Phaneuf at the deadline and kept the rebuild going in the right direction. This will not be a contending team in the next three years with or without Phaneuf so might as well keep swapping out these pending UFA’s who will demand to be over paid and be awarded 7 year deals with new up and coming players like with the JVR deal. I will say again Nonis has made some fantastic trades BUT someone else needs to handle the contracts because it is not Nonis’s strong suit. I feel sick knowing we will all be complaining about Phaneuf’s contract next year just as we are complaining about Clarkson’s, Liles, and Bozak’s. If Kessel has an off year everyone will be asking for his head at $8M. It’s just the nature of the business.

  2. This is hands down rock bottom for the TML, they were lucky to beat the Sabres and allowed John Scott to dictate this game with no answer for it. They will not make the playoffs and they are a dismal 1 for 19 for regulation wins. Ive woken up this team is a joke, and they are on the brink of another joke signing Dion Phaneuf to a $50 million 7 year deal, thats a long time for this guy to be in town as the Captain, and a big part of the culture reason they will go no where, Stanley Cup dreams will die with this signing.
    Hes got more goals on his own net than he does for the Leafs, maybe teams in there division will pitch in some cash for Nonis to keep him in town.

    • @ LEAFS 24/7
      You beat me too it .

    • Don’t worry, it’s ALL Canadian teams that are at rock bottom. No Canadian team has won a cup in 20 years(21 because it won’t happen this year either). Man, thats a LONG time. Roughly 25% of NHL teams are Canadian. So with law of averages a Canadian team should win a cup every 4 years. Since 1993, a Canadian should have been able to pull 4-5 cups. But they got 0. It seems to be getting worse. We had Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Vancouver make it to the final but thats it. 2008-2013 is 6 years with only one Canadian team making a final. This year will make it 7. Face it, it’s either St Louis, LA, SJ, ANH or Chicago in West and Pitts, or Boston in the east. Its getting tiring and Something needs to be done. Who is running these Canadian teams? Bad management , bad decisions, terrible signings, terrible draft choices……I have lost all faith.