NHL Canadian Corner – July 17, 2013.

A brief biography of new Senator Bobby Ryan, new Oiler Andrew Ference has some advice for his team, the Canucks have limited cap space to fill out their roster, plus the latest on the other Canadian NHL teams.

New Senator Bobby Ryan facing new challenges in Ottawa.

New Senator Bobby Ryan could face new challenges in Ottawa.

OTTAWA SUN: Tim Baines has a short biography on new Senators forward Bobby Ryan.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ryan comes into Ottawa facing perhaps the most pressure he ever has in his NHL career, as he’ll be expected to be not just one of the Senators top scorers but could see himself thrust into a leadership role. 

EDMONTON SUN: Robert Tychkowski reports new Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference, who played in two Stanley Cup Finals and won a Cup in 2011 with Boston, stressed the need for a team effort throughout the franchise if the club is to become successful again.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers will be looking toward Ference to provide leadership as they continue to build toward playoff contention.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jim Jamieson reports the Canucks roster is nearly full, with only about $5 million in cap space and five players to sign, including Chris Tanev and winger Dale Weise.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Doesn’t appear any major changes are coming for the Canucks roster this summer.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets avoided salary arbitration with Eric Tangradi, signing him to a two-year deal worth $$650K next season and $700K in 2014-15.

CALGARY SUN: Flames 2013 first round pick (sixth overall) Sean Monahan is expected to sign an entry-level deal soon.

LA PRESSE: Former Montreal Canadiens forward Stephan Lebeau is now head assistant coach of their AHL affiliate in Hamilton.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery is no fan of Maple Leafs president Tim Leiweke’s plan to remove photos of the Leafs great teams of the 1960s from the hallways of the Air Canada Center.


  1. Lebeau is assistant coach with Bulldogs not head coach…

  2. Tim Leiweke makes Brian Burke look modest – how do we find these guys and, more importantly, why do we hire them? Go Canucks Go!

    • Because guys like them have the right ideas and many right ideas are not popular by many because many don’t get it/them.

  3. Senators glory days

    Heatly – Spezza – Alfie
    Redden – Chara

    Senators future

    Ryan – Spezza – Michalek
    Karlsson – Cowan

    Only time will tell if the new team can reach the same level the Senators of 6 years ago reached. Spezza is still around as a center piece and Karlsson is certainly better than Redden while Cowan isn’t chara but no slouch. Anderson is heads and feet better than Emery, however Michalek isn’t no prime time Alfie. The question mark I guess lies on Bobby Ryan. Will his two way game make him a better player than Heater was …

    The current Sens also have way more depth as well.

    • This team still has a lot of young inexperienced players in the lineup.

      Ryan is a better skater than Heatley — who had most of his goals standing in the slot waiting for a Spezza pass.

      Hoping Ryan can find the same type of chemistry with Spezza that Heatley did though…

      The Sens will miss Alfie and his leadership. He decided to move on to win the Cup.. but I don’t think Detroit is the team to do that this season.

      As Sens fans we have to look forward to the future.. and to not look back..

  4. Poor Nucks fans. Not only will the team be in a tougher division next year, but they are making no changes to a roster that got swept out in the first round of the playoffs. I think they’re going to have a long (regular) season ahead of them