NHL Canadian Corner – February 23, 2014

On the final day of the Sochi Olympics, check out the latest on Canada’s seven NHL teams.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks coach John Tortorella cheers for Sweden in the gold medal game because the two Canucks on Team Canada (Roberto Luongo and Dan Hamhuis) aren’t playing.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs management prepares for the final stretch of the NHL season.

Senators facing big decisions on key UFAs over the next two years.

Senators facing big decisions on key UFAs over the next two years.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators face some big decisions regarding their potential UFAs this season and next. This year’s list includes Chris Phillips and Milan Michalek, while Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan and Craig Anderson will be eligible next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I expect they’ll try to re-sign Phillips, Spezza and Ryan.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ondrej Pavelec and Michael Frolik are glad to leave the Czech soap opera behind them and return to the Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Czechs’ performance was overshadowed by questionable player selection and odd coaching decisions.

CALGARY SUN: Flames center Mikael Backlund was raking in the dough betting with his teammates on the Olympic hockey tournament.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers defenseman Anton Belov hopes to carry his Olympic experience into his NHL game.

LA PRESSE: Louis Leblanc hopes he still has a future with the Montreal Canadiens.


  1. Total domination by team Canada during the entire tourney unlike any other Olympics.

    It would have been interesting to see the US and Sweden face off for the Silver some how. Maybe the US would have shown up for that one. lol

    • Imo thats another reason to send amateurs. Professionals tend to pack it in (Canada tends to do it in general even in JR. but..) once they are out of contention for a gold medal in hockey. If it was amateurs I know that wouldnt be the case. Look at the shutouts and the one sided games from the quarterfinals on. Then look back at the medal rounds of the world JRs its a better tournament all around.

      • Karlsson saying he is putting his silver medal on E bay, further example. You think an 18-19 year old kid not making millions says or does that if its his first olympic medal? Pros try not to lose, once they do they quit and sulk about it we do this as Canadian hockey players as well but…Amateurs would try to win. Trap systems only go so far when you are playing the like of team Canada. It might work a little more effectively if you actually had a chance to out score an opponent (which happens at amateur tournaments with less stacked teams).

        • If you don’t want professionals at the Olympics, who would you like Canada to send there? Most junior players are also professionals, since they are already under contract with the NHL anyway.