NHL Canadian Corner – December 30, 2013

Jets down the Avalanche, Leafs beat the Hurricanes, Canucks blank the Flames, Canadiens fall to the Panthers, plus updates on the Senators and Oilers.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE/CALGARY HERALD: Eddie Lack backstopped the Canucks to a 2-0 win over the Calgary Flames. The win was overshadowed by an ugly incident in which Flames enforcer Brian McGrattan received five minutes for elbowing Canucks defenseman Andrew Alberts, five minutes for fighting and a game misconduct.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: McGrattan could face supplemental discipline for the incident.

Blake Wheeler celebrates his last second overtime goal against the Avalanche.

Blake Wheeler celebrates his last second overtime goal against the Avalanche.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Blake Wheeler scored with 1.5 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Jets to a 2-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche, who also lost forward P.A. Parenteau to a knee injury.

TORONTO SUN: Jonanthan Bernier made 41 saves, Phil Kessel scored twice and Tyler Bozak collected three assists as the Maple Leafs defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 5-2.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Defensive breakdowns proved costly as the Montreal Canadiens fell 4-1 to the Florida Panthers.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators will face off against the Washington Capitals on Monday without Jason Spezza (lower body) and Chris Phillips (foot).

EDMONTON SUN: Jesse  Joensuu is getting his chance with the Oilers.


  1. Another Leaf win another mirage. Badly out shot once again and facing a soft goalie Leafs pull out another win.

    • I’m sure everyone thinks Ward is a soft goalie. Do you see Habs fans belly aching over losing to the panthers? Why do Leafs fan feel they need to comment negatively regardless? Click on banner at least if you’re gonna rinse and repeat comments. Thanks.

      • Ward is a soft goalie, do your home work and the Leafs did get out shot again but thanks for the comment about me being negative. Coming from Mr. Negative that’s the pot calling the kettle black.

        • @ LEAFS 24 / 7

          100% AGREE ….

    • not a mirage. when you move your feet, you create chances. a fluke? maybe. but not a mirage.

  2. Anyone feel these numbers are incorrect? (Other then Reimer taking the Leafs to arbitration and getting more). I put an asterisk beside RFA/UFA signings.

    Player 2014-15
    Kessel, Phil » $8,000,000
    Lupul, Joffrey » $5,250,000
    Clarkson, David » $5,250,000
    Van Riemsdyk, J. » $4,250,000
    Bozak, Tyler » $4,200,000
    Kadri, Nazem » $2,900,000
    Orr, Colton » $925,000
    McLaren, Frazer » $700,000
    Bolland, Dave » $3,500,000**** (UFA)
    Raymond, Mason » $2,500,000**** (UFA)
    McClement, Jay » $2,000,000**** (UFA)
    Holland, Peter » $1,100,000**** (RFA not sure about arb rights)
    D’Amigo, Jerry » $870,000**** (RFA)
    Smith, Trevor » $550,000**** (UFA)

    Phaneuf, Dion » $7,000,000
    Liles, J. » $3,875,000
    Gunnarsson, Carl » $3,150,000
    Rielly, Morgan » $894,167
    Franson, Cody » $3,500,000**** (RFA with arb rights)
    Gardiner, Jake $2,000,000**** (RFA not sure about arb rights?)
    7th D Marlie Call UP $800,000****

    Bernier, Jonathan » $2,900,000
    Reimer, James » $2,900,000**** (RFA with arb rights)

    Roster Size 23
    Salary Cap $71,100,000
    Total Salary $69,014,167
    Remaining Injury Cap room $2,085,833

  3. I think the Senators are the closest team right now to be making a deal !!!

    Murray has seen enough and with Spezza out they have BIG issues …this is usually a time that Murray makes his moves and sets himself up for deadline if hes in the hunt they need a big move up front !!

    • spent 2 of his best chips on ryan, and worth every penny. who do you see leaving the sens in a deal to fill the void whether spezza is on or off the ice?

  4. bergevin has to help this team get better,1 win out of 2 isnt enough.i really hope they dont trade pac,hes the only size we have in the top6.bourque has been useless,maybe we get another struggling player in return,maybe change of scenery can help bourque and said player.briere was a bad signing,drewiske was a bad acquisition,and MB resigns him.murray i wouldnt mind to see come back,1 more year to replace bouillons leadership and vet presence.goaltending has been very solid,defense has shown tremendous weakness and quit,they have also shown promise,still need help on d.if only gms would slow down with the getting the best return bullcrap,maybe they could move players they dont want.they have lost control of reality.ex:no one will call MB and say give me bourque you take vanek.no one will call nonis and say give me gardiner take kopitar.i also understand that it takes time for trades to go through,injuries,cap,etc.

  5. Habs just need to let the kids get better, show patience and keep on drafting properly. Habs are no where near to contend for a cup.

  6. I believe the Leafs are; and always will be an enigma. They all seem to know what they are supposed to do; yet often come out of the gate being something all together different, They all say all the right things to reporters both before and after the game but yet often, the on ice play shows indifference to the words they spoke earlier..

    Given the other team dictated play for a period or two or maybe all night, I have to ask…Just what is the game plan here Randy cuz many of us here just don’t get it anymore