NHL Canadian Corner – February 27, 2014

Canucks beat the Blues, Canadiens fall to Red Wings, updates on Dave Bolland, Erik Karlsson, Ben Scrivens and Curtis Glencross, and the latest on the Jets.

Jannik Hansen celebrates his goal against the Blues.

Jannik Hansen celebrates his goal against the Blues.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jannik Hansen scored the game’s only goal as the Canucks snapped their seven-game losing streak with a 1-0 win over the St. Louis Blues.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks win was overshadowed by a report claiming Ryan Kesler has requested a trade. More on this in the “Rumors” section.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Brian Gionta scored a late goal to force overtime but the Canadiens ultimately fell in overtime 2-1 to the Detroit Red Wings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs played without goalie Carey Price, who’ll also miss tonight’s game against Pittsburgh to a lower-body injury.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson is optimistic about his club’s chances of making the playoffs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Optimism helps, but the Senators cannot afford to slack off down the stretch.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland suffered a setback in his recovery from ankle tendon surgery and is listed day-to-day. He won’t be in the lineup tonight against the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s reported Bolland is seeking an eight-year, $40 million contract from the Leafs. Yes, it’s crazy, stupid money, but Leafs GM Dave Nonis has no one to blame for that but himself. After all, he paid David Clarkson crazy, stupid money last summer. Bolland believes he’s worth as much. I don’t fault him for that. Nonis set the market value for players like Bolland with that Clarkson contract.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ed Tait with ten questions for the Jets as they head down the stretch.  Among them: Are the Jets buyers or sellers heading toward the trade deadline? Can Evander Kane be a difference maker?

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders if Oilers goalie Ben Scrivens is true starter material?

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Scrivens’ performance over the rest of the season could help determine if he’s ready to be a starting netminder.

CALGARY HERALD: Injured Flames Curtis Glencross and Brian McGrattan have resumed skating with their teammates.


  1. I dont fault him but honestly cant see him falling for it again. Bolland takes 4 per over4-5 years (which I can still see being better spent else where) or else his rights are moved. Surely Nonis is not that dumb.

    • I agree! He’s a home-town guy who should be willing to leave a little on the table to remain on a blossoming team. Otherwise keep him for the playoff run and give him every opportunity to re-sign around $4/per on a good team up until the draft. Otherwise have fun playing in Florida for $5+ next year…..Holland will take your spot on the 3rd line next season and we’ll have even more cap space to improve the blueline in FA. I’m sure we would all prefer to have him locked up as he brings plenty to the table but it’s not a significant loss if we lose him and Nonis knows this!

  2. i thought 7 years was the max for a player unless he was drafted by that team.

    • Seven years for unrestricted free agents. Eight years if you’re re-signed by your team before your eligibility for UFA status.

      • ok i knew it was before he hit rfa status, but i assumed it only held true if he remained with his original team. I thought it was to give a slight edge to the team that originally drafted him because they could offer him a longer term than any other team etc. I didnt realize that they could still get that 8 year deal after being traded as long as they havent hit rfa. Guess you learn something new everyday. Thanks.