NHL Canadian Corner – January 7, 2013.

Reaction among the seven NHL teams as the NHL gears up to return to action from the lockout.

Will Reimer be the Leafs starting goalie this season?

Will Reimer be the Leafs starting goalie this season?

NATIONAL POST: The Toronto Maple Leafs face plenty of questions post-lockout. The biggest is their goaltending, and if they stick with youngsters James Reimer and Ben Scrivens, or try to acquire Roberto Luongo from Vancouver.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: There’s more “Luongo to Toronto” speculation over in the “Rumors” section, coming shortly.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks centre Ryan Kesler, still recovering from off-season shoulder and wrist surgerie, said there’s no timeline for his return to the lineup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Canucks do shop Luongo in the near future, expect them to seek a decent center as part of the return.

TSN.CA: Re-signing defenseman P.K. Subban is the top priority for new Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bergevin cannot re-sign Subban until the new CBA has been ratified, which could be as early as Tuesday, January 8. Once that’s done, I expect Bergevin won’t waste much time getting his best defenseman under contract.

WINNIPEG SUN: Ken Wiebe wonders what the Jets will look like when they hit the ice post-lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets enjoyed a honeymoon season with Winnipeg fans last season, but those fans will expect to see improvement this season.

CALGARY SUN: Flames president Ken King has issued an apology to Flames fans, and thanked them for their patience during the lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder how many other NHL team presidents will follow King’s lead?

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers GM Steve Tambellini was happy with the performance of his young core players (Jordan Eberle, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Justin Schultz) on the club’s AHL farm team in Oklahoma City during the lockout.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Those players could be key to the Oilers improvement and possible contention for a playoff berth this season.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators will waste little time wooing back their fans.

2 Comments

  1. The Oilers should leave the kids in OKC for the rest if the year. Let the kids learn how to win together, mature in their bodies and gain confidence. The Oilers could the. Shoot for one more top pick before turning the corner to powerhouse.

    • I couldn’t disagree more. All except Schultz and yakupov (if he makes the team) have already had a season in the NHL. Plus they all have been doing quite well or are tearin it up in their leagues. Put them in the NHL and the oil might actually make the playoffs and do well in this short season if people stay healthy.