NHL Canadian Corner – July 10, 2014

Former Jets star Dale Hawerchuk reacts to Evander Kane’s recent comments, Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan defends his team’s free-agent signings, Mike Weaver’s travels with a Max Pacioretty poster, plus the latest on the Flames, Canucks and Oilers. 

WINNIPEG SUN: Former Jets star Dale Hawerchuk doesn’t understand why Evander Kane seems to want out of Winnipeg.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ll have more on Evander Kane’s situation in the “Rumors” section

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan defended his team's free-agent moves.

Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan defended his team’s free-agent moves.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan defended his club’s free-agent signings.

“There is a perception out there that was incorrect about us and July 1,” Shanahan said Wednesday, when he decided to address the media at Leaf prospect camp. “We were strategic, we had a plan. We targeted certain individuals and got almost all of them.”

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs were among the bidders for Dan Boyle, tried to acquire Josh Gorges (he vetoed a trade to Toronto and was later dealt to Buffalo) and opted not to overpay to retain Dave Bolland. While the Leafs didn’t make a big splash in the free-agent market, they also didn’t waste dollars on ageing talent. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman Mike Weaver is having fun traveling with a poster of teammate Max Pacioretty.

CALGARY SUN: Sam Bennett and Johnny Gaudreau looked the best at the Flames prospect camp.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they play up to expectations this duo will play key roles in the Flames rebuilding process.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks prospect MacKenzie Stewart, who was born deaf, had a long road to reach this point in his playing career.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers signed goaltender Richard Bachman.