NHL Canadian Corner – February 14, 2012.

David Booth lifts Canucks to victory over Coyotes, Matt Stajan is the last player left in Calgary from the Phaneuf trade, Andy Sutton happen to re-sign with Oilers, Leafs tinker with lines before start of Western road swing, Senators Bobby Butler hoping to regain his form in Florida, Canadiens lose to Hurricanes a tough one, and the Jets make a minor trade.

VANCOUVER SUN: Winger David Booth scored in regulation and in the shootout as the Canucks edged the Phoenix Coyotes 2-1.

Stajan the last player standing for Flames from Phaneuf trade.

CALGARY HERALD: Matt Stajan is the only player remaining on the Flames lineup who was part of the return from the Dion Phaneuf trade with Toronto.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because his contract has proven impossible to move.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Defenseman Andy Sutton is happy to be staying with the Oilers. Yesterday it was announced he’d re-signed a one-year extension. He was eligible for UFA status this summer

SPECTOR’S NOTE: His signing takes another player out of an already shallow trade pool heading toward the trade deadline.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs will open their Western Canada road trip by moving Tim Connolly to right wing on the second line and dropping Nikolai Kulemin to their third line, while Matt Lombardi takes over at center on the third line.

OTTAWA SUN: Struggling Senators forward Bobby Butler is hoping to regain his form on the club’s upcoming swing through Florida.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens rallied from a 2-0 deficit against Carolina but blew the lead and lost 5-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s like a broken record with the Canadiens, as they’ve struggled this season to hang onto a lead.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets made a minor deal yesterday,shipping center Riley Holzapfel to the Anaheim Ducks for centre Maxime Macenauer.


  1. Staal’s 3rd period performance was impressive – where has he been all year? But then again, it looks pretty easy to step around Kaberle, then again, Kabs almost tied it up. I thought PK was enough drama for us Habs fans!!!

  2. attended a game at labatt center a few years ago. last time! zack rinaldo hit a player from behind at the blue line while the puck was at the other blue line so hard the poor guy flipped and flopped like a fish. he was stretchered off while zack smirked…but he did come back…injured player and plays in the nhl at this time. point being is zack rinaldo is a back stabber who will not stay long in the nhl as his act will force him out…say hello to the sherriff for us zack. question that remains is who going to be the person who gets injured in the prossess. the two games are just the first!!!!

  3. Lets all recall how Calgary “won” that trade by getting rid of an over paid and “over rated” player and “cancer in the room”.

  4. Okay, let’s also recall how Eller walked right around Dion the pilon the other night. He’s a piece. Looks good in blue and white.

  5. Beat good teams, blow it to bad teams…. These habs need to picture every team in a rainbow uniform or something that has a huge “#1″ on the front. Damn it! Watch them beat the Bruins tomorrow then lose to the Sabres next game. Thx for the week of hope Canadiens!

  6. and also recall who the Flames got from trading those former leafs? … actually who was it? I can’t remember.

  7. gotta love that love Wikipedia.

    Dion Phaneuf, Sjornstrom (now back in Sweden) and Aulie for White, Hagman, Stajan and Mayers.

    Ian White (and Brett Sutter) for Tom Kostopoulos and Anton Babchuk
    Hagman – given away on re-entry waivers
    Jamal Mayers – left as UFA.
    Stajan remains a Flame.

    so essentially Phaneuf and Aulie for Kostopoulos and Babckuk.

  8. and Stajan.

  9. Yup! The Leafs sure lost that one… Good job Calgary!

  10. And both tams continue to push for 9th. Looks like the whole trade was a whole lot of nothing.

    (but i would rather have Phaneuf than anythign else in that deal, by a longshot)