NHL Canadian Corner – February 17, 2012.

Reasons Jason Spezza could win the Hart Trophy…Daniel Sedin hopes to improve Canucks shootout performance…Evander Kane leads Jets to victory over Wild…Andrei Markov could shut it down for this season…Jake Gardiner hoping Leafs won’t trade him…Flames fall in OT to Stars…No fretting over Paajarvi’s pass for Oilers.


Does Spezza have Hart?

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan lists five reasons why Senators center Jason Spezza could win the Hart Trophy this season, or at least earn a nomination.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I have my doubts Spezza could win the Hart, but if he finishes in the top five in scoring, helping the Senators make the playoffs, he could very well earn himself a nomination.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Daniel Sedin is determined to improve the Canucks shootout record (6-6) this season.

WINNIPEG SUN: Evander Kane scored twice in regulation, then netted the game-winner in a shoot-out, as the Jets edged the Minnesota Wild 4-3.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Kane haters will undoubtedly try to find some way to criticize him anyway. Dream up something original, ok? Your baseless “Kane skips out on restaurant bills and gets concussions in bar fights” rumors have run their course.

RDS.CA: Injured Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov might not return to action this season, though his agent declined to say for certain.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Markov and the Habs are smart, they’ll shut him down for this season. No sense rushing back to try and help the Habs in a losing cause. Focus on rehabbing that knee properly, and come back strong next season. This one’s a write-off, for him, and the Canadiens.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs rookie defenseman Jake Gardiner hopes he won’t be traded.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames fell 3-2 in overtime to the Dallas Stars.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The loss drops the Flames two points behind the Coyotes and Kings, who are seventh and eighth respectively in the Western Conference standings.

EDMONTON SUN: The Oilers coaching staff isn’t holding a pass by Magnus Paajarvi, which led to a game-winning OT goal by the Toronto Maple Leafs, against him.


  1. Agreed on Markov… I think we have all known for a long time he would not be a help this season. That said, if he is healthy, I see some benefit in bringing him back for 5 or 6 games to see how he responds, and assess what we need to do with our D in the off-season. In my mind, we need to sign at least one guy, and dependent on Markov, we may need 2.

    Markov-UFA that shoots right and can play top 4
    Weber or whomever

    If Markov is definitely healthy I would entertain taking Komi from TML if they would take Gomez. He looked pretty good with Markov when he was with us.

  2. Markov is never going to play again. He has shown that he is not only a china doll but also a wuss. His knee injury is one that would require him to play with some pain for the rest of his life and that is not a sacrifice he is willing to make.

    And why on earth would Montreal take back Komisarek who poops his pants when he hears the name Lucic? Better off without him.

  3. Well, that is some inside information the rest of us didn’t have. Do you have a link for this development? While we all suspect his career may be over, until that is announced we have to assume he is part of our top 6. That is why I suggested a test run.

    Why did I suggest Komi? Well, we have a wee dilemma. We have a ton of money tied up in Markov, Kaberle and Gomez. I am still hopeful we can move Kaberle and free up some money to pick up a D-man. But ideally we would pick up 2 because of Markov’s questionable status. If Markov returns, he and Komi actually made a good team, and I would only entertain him if Markov was returning. A bruiser like Komi may be a protection for the china doll. Plus, I would only entertain him if we were losing another gross salary such as Kaberle or Gomez. I think the Leafs would not be interested in Kaberle again. In all likelihood, they are no more interested in Gomez, but Burke is willing to bury a contract, and may be more comfortable burying Gomez than a contract the Leafs signed, or a player the franchise has affection for. Long shots for sure, but unfortunately we have limited solutions to our cash flow issue, and big needs on D.

    If they can offload Kaberle, and if the new CBA frees us from Gomez, we have a whole new ballgame. In that world, of course we would not be interested in Komisarek.

  4. Why would I need any more link than has already been published.

    Markov to be back by training camp, no by opening game, no by november, no by christmas, no by the allstar game. He still isn’t skating with the team. He took a very long time rehabing the injury and still had multiple setbacks. It does not take a doctorate to see that Markov is done for.

  5. I think beaulieu would replace Markova nicely next year, paired with Subban

  6. If you are planning to replace Markov with Beaulieu, then be prepared for a lottery pick. They need to acquire an NHL calibre defenseman.

  7. spezza never crossed my mind as being a hart candidate this year but good call. when healthy and on his game, he 1 of the best out there.