NHL Canadian Corner – July 13, 2012.

Senator believe Alfredsson leaning toward return, Reimer ready to be Leafs starter, Jokinen looking forward to first season with Jets, Plekanec looks toward joining revamped Canadiens roster, new Oilers coach expects prospect Yakupov to make the lineup, Flames’ Backlund hopes for improvement, and a former Canuck pins Vancouver’s Cup Final defeat on Burrows.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators GM Bryan Murray recently spoke with team captain Daniel Alfredsson, who hasn’t yet decided if he’ll return next season, but Murray feels he’s leaning toward the possibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Some Senators fans have grumbled over Alfredsson not reaching a decision yet, believing he owes it to the team to do so quickly. After everything “Alfie” has given the Senators, he’s earned the right to take his time mulling over his future plans.

Reimer hoping to be Leafs starter this season.

TSN.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer claims his injury woes from last season are behind him and he’s looking forward to claiming back the starter’s role.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the lack of viable alternatives in the trade and free agent market for experienced quality goalies, Reimer may get his wish.

WINNIPEG SUN: A matured Olli Jokinen looks forward to showing off his all-round skills with the Jets, who signed him earlier this month to a two-year deal.

RDS.CA: Montreal Canadiens center Tomas Plekanec feels it’ll be like joining a new team when he arrives for training camp. The Canadiens replaced their management and coaching staffs, plus adds Brandon Prust, Colby Armstrong and Francis Bouillon via free agency.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited an interview given by new Edmonton Oilers head coach Ralph Krueger stating his belief first overall pick Nail Yakupov could be in the Oilers roster this season. Their previous first overall picks, Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, also joined the Oilers soon after they were drafted.

CALGARY SUN: Mikael Backlund is hoping for an improved performance this season, knowing he could end up back in Europe if he fails.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Former Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson blames the Alex Burrows finger-biting incident in the 2011 Stanley Cup Final for stirring up anger among the Boston Bruins, leading to their eventual series victory over the Canucks.


  1. The Alex Burrows hattrick: a bite, a hit from behind, and a dive. What a class act!

  2. If the Olers chose to not put Yakupov in the NHL could cost everyone their jobs. That would be a huge mistake.

    And I totally agree with Samuelsson. It was Burrows’ fault that their goalie couldn’t stop a beach ball in Boston.

  3. A bruin hat trick…cheat, break neck or back, get not suspension!

    • A Canuck fan hat trick…. Cry, burn down your city, and cry some more

      • That’s only two. Out of ideas so quickly?

        • Na, just thought since Canucks fans love to cry, i had to add it twice

  4. I’m sure Pleks would be content with a wee bit more tweaking to get him a top-6 winger. In any event, at least Darche won’t see 2nd line time.

    • I’m sure not having darche and Moen/geoffrion/Leblanc/whiteas his wingers is going to make Pleks happy. It will probably be Bourque to start the year. I think we habs fans will have to wait until Gomez/Kaberle/giontas contracts fall off after next season to see what kind of team Bergevin has in mind. Unless he can ship them all out, save for Gionta, for picks and prospects.

      • Barring a good trade for the Habs.. MB will probably wait it out until training camp to iron out Pleks line.

        That being said.. the Habs management/coaching situation was a complete mess last year.. coupled with the number 1 team in the league with man game lost to injury. So there’s promise that with a tougher and healthier line up.. we most definitely shouldn’t be sitting in the bottom of the east again.

  5. NikK, I love it when soccer-loving or badminton-loving fans like you try to analyze hockey. Luongo got 2 shutouts in the finals against the B’s and his team only scored 7 goals in 8 games. Now the mindless Van media and fans are running Lu out of town and keeping an unproven back up. Schnieder could be really good one day but until he handles a full season of 1)being the #1 2)dealing with fickle and ignorant media 3)dealing with fickle and ignorant fans, he is still unproven. And think what Van could get for Schnieder had they been shopping him around instead of Lu. They could get a 2nd line scoring centre that actually attends playoff games.

    • Oops, 8 goals in 7 games.