NHL Canadian Corner – Friday, August 23, 2013.

The Canadiens sign Douglas Murray, the Canucks re-sign Chris Tanev and Andrew Alberts, reaction to the Maple Leafs raising ticket prices, and a man who robbed Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom is sentenced.

The Montreal Canadiens sign Douglas Murray to a one-year deal.

The Montreal Canadiens signed Douglas Murray to a one-year deal.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens have signed UFA defenseman Douglas Murray to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the uncertainty over Alexei Emelin’s return from knee surgery (projected to be late-November or December), the Habs needed a physical blueliner to take his place. Murray will certainly fill that role, though there’s concern over his lack of foot speed.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks have re-signed defenseman Chris Tanev to a one-year, $1.5 million contract and Adnrew Alberts to a one-year, $600K contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The two signings leave the Canucks with roughly $2.2 million in cap space. That could come in handy if Eddie Lack struggles in the backup role to Roberto Luongo. 

TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno chastises the Maple Leafs ownership for their latest price hike on tickets, making them the most expensive in the league and pricing out “regular” fans. “The greediness of the franchise knows no bounds”, grumbles DiManno.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs merely charge what their market will bear. Nothing wrong with that. Sure, it’s expensive for middle class fans and the working poor, but this is a business and it’s all about making money. Always has been, always will be. DiManno noted the Phoenix Coyotes charging the lowest ticket prices in the league. Trust me, if the Coyotes ownership were in any position to charge the league’s highest ticket prices, they would in a heartbeat, then dance all the way to the bank. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: A man accused of robbing Jets defenseman Tobias Enstrom in Sweden has been sentence to one month in jail for providing police with a false name.


  1. Oh Rosie you could have given some better examples of things you could do with the money you spend on Leaf tickets… 3 winter tires? (last I looked most cars take 4), 219 ITunes down loads? (or you could find other ways to download your music 😉 ), the best was…19 shares of Blackberry um no thanks, an espresso maker??? ….I think I wont do any of these things save my money and go to a Leafs game.

    Im pretty sure “The regular fan” or the working poor have very little interest in espresso makers, shares of Blackberry, 10-12 albums on I tunes, or trips to Cuba as well

    Just say’n

    • The best part of this whining is that the normal fan couldn’t go to a Leafs game anyway, all the seats are sold to the local companies. So the fact they raised the price means nothing to the common fan in Toronto. They can thank Ballard for figuring out that cash cow!

  2. Most of the butts in the seats at the ACC are Corporate. Those Corporations will spend whatever the price is.. as it isn’t coming out of their own pockets. They just take Company money to buy the tickets and then write them off as an expense on their Company’s tax return… So they don’t really care how much the tickets are..

  3. I remember the old days when a ticket in the grey’s were $4, same as standing room behind the end blues!

  4. The one point she ails to make is that past years it was split into two tiers and now it’s four both which are so much less than what fans can find on the resale market. What’s her next story, ticket scalppers still making top buck?

  5. I was hoping the Habs would grab a physical D and thought I was dreaming thinking of Murray or Hainsey at 2 mill. But 1.5 for Murray???? All bow to Marc Bergevin, master negotiator/salesman! Unreal the amount of depth he has added to the Canadiens when the cap DROPPED 5 mill.

    Also, most the prospects he’s drafted in 2 years are excellent. I’m really thinking our Canadiens have turned the corner at Stagnant St and Mediocre Av. Heading towards the corner of Competitive Blvd and Championship Drive!!! Lol

    • Did you see Murray in the playoffs last year?….easy big fella, not a bad signing but along ways off bowing to MB, there was a reason Murray wasnt snapped up before now.

      • To me it’s about a physical presence on the blue line with the absence of emelin. Very similar game. Emelin worked well in he Habs system in his role. Murray will be utilized the same way. Plus he’s very cheap, cap wise.

        And remember, it’s my opinion. Not yours lol

      • And Pitts D was all around terrible.