NHL Canadian Corner – February 5, 2014

Canadiens extinguish the Flames, Senators rally to beat the Blues, Jets down the Hurricanes, Leafs mauled by the Panthers, Canucks fall to the Bruins plus an update on the Oilers.

Rene Bourque scores the game-winning goal against the Flames.

Rene Bourque scores the game-winning goal against the Flames.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/CALGARY HERALD: Former Flame Rene Bourque scored the winning goal and Carey Price made 27 saves as the Canadiens blanked the Calgary Flames 2-0, snapping the latter’s five-game winning streak.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win combined with the Maple Leafs loss to Florida moves the Habs into a tie with Toronto (66 points), but the Canadiens move ahead of them on the basis of one fewer loss.

OTTAWA SUN: Kyle Turris scored the winner in a shootout as the Ottawa Senators rallied from a 3-1 deficit to beat the St. Louis Blues 5-4. Robin Lehner made 47 saves for the win.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If not for Lehner’s strong play through the first two periods the Senators would’ve been in too deep a hole to rally back. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Chris Thorburn scored off a great feed from Jacob Trouba late in the third to lift the Jets to a 2-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Under new coach Paul Maurice the Jets are 9-2.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets have surged to within two points of a wild card berth in the Western Conference. 

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs once again left goalie Jonathan Bernier out to dry, falling 4-1 to the lowly Florida Panthers. Bernier made 44 saves, no thanks to his teammates.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Another piss-poor defensive effort by the Leafs, this time against a team they should’ve easily beaten.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Boston Bruins downed the Canucks 3-1,  handed the latter their fifth straight loss.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks are in big trouble, going 4-11-3 in their last 18 games. They’re barely hanging onto a playoff berth.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers are starting to get more contributions from their secondary scorers.


  1. Nonis needs to figure out what he’s doing with all these UFA’s and RFA’s with arbitration rights. Bolland is a big question mark right now. He has been paid all year to be injured so it’s time to have him step up and take a reduced rate to stay in Toronto. If you can’t sign him before the deadline then send him packing for some draft picks and or prospects but their should be a concerted effort to get him signed for a reasonable rate.

    • With all due respect to your opinion, I disagree. Ask your self who is going to replace him and for how much. Plenty of teams would jump at the chance to have Rolland in their lineup,includingtthe Blackhawks.

      • You disagree the Leafs should make a concerted effort to resign him at a reasonable rate?

      • In reality Bolland is a third line center who can slide up to and play second line minutes. Easily replaceable in fact Id say if its any more than what he is signed for now trade him, Look for a no. 1 or a top 4 dman with the savings enough with the 2nd/3rd line centers. Play Holland on 3 If Kadri can ever develop in to a better face off guy play him again as 1 and have Bozak and Holland fight it out for second line minutes. There is far more important things to spend money on than a guy who only played 10-15 games so far this year. Who cares at this point who replaces a third line center who wont even play a half a season. Bolland is not essential..

  2. Unless Nonis thinks they have a shot to do some damage in the playoffs he needs to make the most of his assests. I think Bolland will be resigned on a short contract so he can prove his true value. Flipping Raymond for an asset (draft pick or prospect) would be a great move since he paid nothing to get him. Kulemien should be kept if he will resign at a decent contract if not he should be turned into an asset for next year. Personally I like Riemer but I think his value is as high as it ever will be in Toronto. Bernie is the number one based on playing time so unless he gets injured or has a massive slump Riemr is a back up in Toronto. Riemer should be moved as well. The goal should not be to make the playoffs but to win the Cup!

    • Brian
      100% agree with everything

    • Exactly this is why you deal Lupul Kuli Raymond Franson, and possibly Bolland. Keep building. Packaging a few of these guys (not all at once some should go at the draft) brings in nicer assets that are better long term fits.

  3. You disagree the Leafs should make a concerted effort to resign him at a reasonable rate?

    • What do you do if Bolland says he wants to test free agency? Lose him for nothing?

      What do you do if Bolland plays coy and says he doesn’t want to talk contract until the summer? Risk it?

      What do you do if he comes back with $6M @7yrs? Pay it?

      These are all the potential issues that should be addressed now not put your head in the sand until the summer and hope for the best.

  4. Didn’t he take a hometown discount when he signed in To in the 1 st place? Who’s to say he won’t again? He probably could get more on the open market but he chose To. That says a lot why not sign him to a 2or 3a year deal

    • Unless you count Toronto trade a 2nd and two 4ths to Chicago at the 2013 draft as Bolland taking a hometown discount … then no he did not. He wasn’t a signed UFA he was a trade.

  5. My mistake yes he was traded for but he resigned a One year deal at a hometown discount.