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.

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4 Responses to NHL Canadian Corner – July 4, 2012.

  1. Bob says:

    I think Ben Scrivens might be a better backup than Montoya ;)

  2. Joey says:

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

  3. Jrd18 says:

    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. BeerGoggles says:

    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.

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