NHL Canadian Corner – July 4, 2012.

Burke claims Leafs roster upgrade still in progress, Canadiens won’t buy out Gomez, a former Islander could make a good backup for Canucks, and the latest on the Oilers, Flames, Senators and Jets.

SPORTSNET.CA: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke claimed his team is still looking to make some moves, especially to address his goaltending, but so far hasn’t found a price which makes sense. He’s also not interested in adding an unproven goalie.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke’s options seem very limited (Roberto Luongo, Jonathan Bernier), so unless the Leafs GM can get creative and land a quality starter, Leafs fans should prepare for a James Reimer/Ben Scrivens tandem this season.

Habs won’t buy out Gomez.

SPORTSNET.CA: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin said he’s not buying out center Scott Gomez.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If there’s an “amnesty buyout” period in the next CBA, Bergevin will likely use it for a penalty-free buyout of Gomez. Buying him out now simply doesn’t make sense.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ben Kuzma suggests former NY Islanders goalie Al Montoya might be a good option as a backup for Canucks goalie Cory Schneider, once they trade away Roberto Luongo. Schneider and Montoya played together on Team USA at the 2005 World Junior Hockey championships.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins recently underwent a routine checkup on his surgically repaired shoulder. No ill-effects were found.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In other words, RNH will be good to go to start this season.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames still have question marks at center, especially at the top two lines.

OTTAWA SUN: Former Blue Jacket and now Senators defenseman Marc Methot finds it “overwhelming” he’ll be playing in his hometown. Methot was acquired from Columbus in a recent trade which sent winger Nick Foligno to the Blue Jackets.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets captain Andrew Ladd is pleased with the club’s recent additions of Olli Jokinen and Alexei Ponikarovsky.


  1. I think Ben Scrivens might be a better backup than Montoya 😉

  2. Well what else can Burke say really. I wish him well in his trade options though

  3. Would Minnesota be looking at moving out any high priced players now? If so could backstrom become available? They have Harding and a young future starter in Hackett.

  4. Burke’s problem is that he didn’t address the goalie situation last year. Now he’s really screwed and every GM knows it. He backed himself into this corner.