NHL Canadian Corner – January 22, 2014

Jets get a big win over the Ducks, Leafs win their sixth straight, Senators blank the Capitals, Canucks edge the Oilers, plus updates on the Flames and Canadiens.

Jets captain Andrew Ladd celebrates Bryan Little's goal against the Ducks.

Jets captain Andrew Ladd celebrates Bryan Little’s goal against the Ducks.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Evander Kane and Bryan Little had two-point performances while Ondrej Pavelec kicked out 40 shots to lift the Jets to a 3-2 win over the Anaheim Ducks, handing the latter their first regulation loss on home ice this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is also the fourth straight win for the Jets in as many games under new head coach Paul Maurice. While the Jets still have defensive issues, this was a big win for them and should provide a significant boost to their confidence.

TORONTO SUN: Phil Kessel scored twice and James Reimer made 35 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Colorado Avalanche for their sixth straight win. Nathan MacKinnon scored twice for the Avs in a losing cause.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: My, the Maple Leafs bandwagon is getting crowded, isn’t it? Big win for the Leafs over one of the top teams in the Western Conference, moving them into a tie with the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference standings.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Craig Anderson made 35 saves while Kyle Turris and Jason Spezza scored the game’s only goals as the Senators blanked the Washington Capitals 2-0. The Capitals were without Alexander Ovechkin, who sat out the game nursing an injury.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The win keeps the Senators within one point of a wild card berth.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Minus head coach John Tortorella and Henrik Sedin, the Canucks rode the solid goaltending of Roberto Luongo to a 2-1 win over the Edmonton Oilers. The Oilers received some good new on Ales Hemsky (foot injury), who could return to the lineup by this weekend.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames welcome back workhorse defenseman Kris Russell from injury.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Louis Leblanc and Nathan Beaulieu are penciled  into tonight lineup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.


  1. Curse and a blessing this streak is, still over 70 shots against the past couple of games. Nice to get the points but still aways to go before we should get too excited. The top line and goalies standing on their head again. Team needs to be deeper. Phil now has more goals than Crosby by the way and is tied with Stamkos for second most goals 5vs5 since 2008.

  2. I realize there are a ton of possible scenarios still to unfold but if Nonis didn’t make any trades (I’m sure he will) this is how the salary cap could possibly unfold which shows the Leafs still very tight.
    Anyone think any of the UFA’s or RFA’s could be under valued or over valued according to this list?

    Player 2014-15
    Kessel, Phil » $8,000,000
    Lupul, Joffrey » $5,250,000
    Clarkson, David » $5,250,000
    Van Riemsdyk, J. » $4,250,000
    Bozak, Tyler » $4,200,000
    Kadri, Nazem » $2,900,000
    Orr, Colton » $925,000
    McLaren, Frazer » $700,000
    Bolland, Dave » $4,000,000 UFA
    Raymond, Mason » $2,500,000 UFA
    McClement, Jay » $2,000,000 UFA
    Kulemin, Niclolai $2,500,000 UFA
    Holland, Peter » $1,100,000 RFA

    Phaneuf, Dion » $7,000,000
    Gleason, Tim $4,000,000
    Gunnarsson, Carl » $3,150,000
    Rielly, Morgan » $894,167
    Franson, Cody » $3,000,000 RFA
    Gardiner, Jake $2,000,000 RFA
    7th D Marlie Call UP $800,000

    Bernier, Jonathan » $2,900,000
    Reimer, James » $2,900,000 RFA

    Roster Size 22
    Salary Cap $71,100,000
    Total Salary $70,219,167
    Remaining Injury Cap room $880,833

  3. Im not sure what you are trying to do here exactly but I Cant see Kuli or Raymond coming back for that Franson will get more if he is still around (closer to 4 at least) Gardiner Id say 2.5-3ish, not sure Reimer gets almost 3 from the Leafs. 4 is very top dollar for Bolland. McClement isnt worth 2 but will get it somewhere else Im sure. So pretty close I guess but I cant see a few of those guys being here next year.

    • I tend to agree with Schticky.
      but I don’t understand that list, these are not UFA’s and RFAs for next year.
      These are (as per capgeek):
      Bolland, Dave » $3,375,000
      Kulemin, Nikolai » $2,800,000
      McClement, Jay » $1,500,000
      Raymond, Mason » $1,000,000
      Bodie, Troy » $600,000
      Smith, Trevor » $550,000
      Fraser, Mark » $1,275,000
      Ranger, Paul » $1,000,000

      Holland, Peter » $870,000
      Ashton, Carter » $840,000
      Franson, Cody » $2,000,000
      Gardiner, Jake » $875,000
      Reimer, James » $1,800,000
      D’Amigo, Jerry » $870,000

      Of these guys I don’t see Ranger, Fraser, or Raymond coming back. (the first 2 are expendable, and Raymond will get a hefty raise elsewhere)

      • Sorry, I meant to say that there is no point in listing those still under contract, so I made a list of only the RFAs and UFAs

        • Yes there is a point to listing the signed contracts since there is a salary cap that the Leafs need to stay under. The entire team needs to be taken into account when signing UFA’s and RFA’s.

          • I didn’t include Fraser or Ranger since the Leafs will let them walk.

          • If we are spesking of people who are probably not coming back as free agents Id say Kuli Fraser Ranger Smith Raymond, I could see 1 of Gardiner or Franson leaving not sure Ashton has any real value to the Leafs and Reimer.A more affordable granted not quite as good backup could be found. Lets not forget there are a few guys from the marlies who make the Majority of these guys easily replaceable, and in the next year or 2, guys like Connor Brown (leading ohl in points) Fabrice Herzog Carter Verhaghe. Frederick Gauthier, Andreas Johansen and Matt Finn not even out of jr hockey yet are going to need spots on an already very young and crowded Marlie team. So you may see more of those RFAs moved as well.

  4. I agree a lot of changes could occur before a roster is assumed I’m just trying to see where everyone thinks the UFA and RFA salaries will be. It kind of shows you who needs to be moved prior to the deadline due to possible salary issues though.
    Reimer will have decent save percentage numbers after this year so I’m pretty sure $2.9M is a fair deal to keep him from going to arbitration. Anything less I believe he rolls the dice at arbitration. We just need to look at how much MacArthur got a few years ago for a sub par season. Leafs need to trade him or they may be forced to let him walk if the award is to high.
    You think Franson will be close to $4M? I assumed they will use Gunnar’s salary as a sounding board but again, he may roll the dice with an arbitrator for anything less then $4.
    I agree Kuli and Raymond are probably goners but had to put them in and take a guess just in case. I think they will both see at least $2.5M from other teams.
    I don’t believe Gardiner has arbitration rights so I can see him getting what Franson got this year $2M especially after all his giveaways and inconsistency. Depends on the term he’s willing to take I guess.
    Bolland will get $4M easy if Clarkson got $5.25M and took a discount. If the Leafs want him they will have to anti up.
    Agree on McClement. He will get $2M from someone.

    That’s a lot of guys that will most likely walk UFA for more money or RFA’s that could go to arbitration that need to be moved.

    • Gardiner logs a tonne of ice time this year, and with it being a full season it will be a bigger picture to look at compared to Franson last year who started with very limited sheltered minutes at the beginning of the year on the bottom pairing with Fraser really they only had 25-30 games to base Fransons contract on they will have a higher number with Gardiner he will get around 3 give aways or not. Again I hope they keep him over Franson but ya never know.

      • Makes sense