NHL Canadian Corner – July 24, 2014

Updates on the Sedins, Lars Eller, Leon Draisaitl and Mike Hoffman, and further analysis of the Leafs hiring Kyle Dubas as assistant GM. 

The Sedins have largely escaped criticism for the Canucks lousy 2013-14 campaign.

The Sedins have largely escaped criticism for the Canucks lousy 2013-14 campaign.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford noted how the Sedin twins avoided harsh scrutiny last season for the Canucks lousy season as their own numbers plummeted.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s because the Sedins weren’t to blame. As Botchford noted, it was a combination of the wrong coach (John Tortorella), injuries and bad luck which scuttled the Canucks last season., though I don’t buy into his theory of “survivor’s guilt” I would add the distractions over the respective trade statuses of Roberto Luongo and Ryan Kesler didn’t help. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: With Lars Eller’s arbitration hearing slated for Friday, he and the Canadiens remain apart in contract talks. The Habs have offered up $1.65 million per season, while Eller seeks $3.1 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While it is possible this could go before an arbiter, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the two sides reach agreement on a deal worth around $2.3 million per season. 

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Cathal Kelly offers up his take on the Toronto Maple Leafs hiring 28-year-old Kyle Dubas as their new assistant general manager.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers 2014 first-round draft pick Leon Draisaitl hopes to play in the NHL as soon as possible.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Despite being on a two-way contract, winger Mike Hoffman hopes to stick with the Senators this season.

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  1. Soooo… Eller got $400k more than his asking price, and got term? (4 years) Not entirely sure how this one makes any sense…