NHL Canadian Corner – July 24, 2012.

What the Nash trade says about a possible return for Jarome Iginla, Evander Kane ponders offer from the Jets, the reason why the Canucks failed to sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet, and the latest on the Senators, Oilers and Canadiens.

CALGARY SUN (VIA TORONTO SUN): Randy Sportak suggests the Flames aren’t likely to get a better return for Jarome Iginla (if they shop him this season) than what the Columbus Blue Jackets got for Rick Nash.

SPECTOR’S NOTE:  Nash is still in his playing prime, while Iginla is on the downside of his long NHL career. If  Flames GM Jay Feaster decides to trade “Iggy” this season, he’ll probably face just as much criticism over the return as Scott Howson in Columbus.

Kane considering offer from Jets.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Evander Kane is mulling over a six-year contract offer from the Jets believed worth around $29 million.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: If he accepts it would be worth an average cap hit of over $4.833 million.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks GM Mike Gillis explained why his club failed to sign Shea Weber to an offer sheet, saying he believed Weber was more interested in taking advantage of the rules currently in place regarding offer sheets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I also found Gillis’ comment about people assuming BC-born players automatically want to play for the Canucks an interesting one. It’s comparable to those we hear about Ontario-born players wanting to join the Toronto Maple Leafs, or Quebecers pining to play for the Montreal Canadiens. Those assumptions, more often than not, are false.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators yesterday avoided salary arbitration with forward Kaspars Daugavins, re-signing him to a one-year, one-way, $635K contract. It could lead to a contract buyout for forward Bobby Butler.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It could also mean a trade for Butler.

TSN.CA: The Edmonton Oilers sign first overall pick Nail Yakupov to a three-year entry level contract.

METRO NEWS: The Montreal Canadiens signed 2012 first round pick (3rd overall) Alex Galchenyuk to an entry level contract.


  1. Whenever a player can dictate his destination(s)his net return declines. Should Iginla’s be made available for trade his value would be determined by the same dynamic.

  2. Vancouver’s actually done quite well at attracting hometown free agents. Willie Mitchell, Dan Hamhuis and Jason Garrison are recent examples. I think the hometown factor can be helpful when there’s a good and well-managed team in place as well. But it’s not enough to attract the superstars when the other factors don’t make sense (Shea Weber is the most recent example but BC also swooned hopeful in the past for Sakic, Yzerman and Niedermayer).

  3. Lyle,
    With Philly now losing out on Webber, they still need to fill a major hole on defense. Do you see them starting talks up again with Calgary about Bouemester.He is not your “typical Flyer” but he eats up a tone of minutes against teams best players and can skate with the best of him or does Detroit maybe be them to the punch.

    • Jay: Anything’s possible, but they also had interest in Bobby Ryan and Shane Doan, so it’s possible they could switch back to pursuing another forward