NHL Canadian Corner – July 9, 2013.

Alex Burmistrov leaves the Jets for the KHL, more fallout from Daniel Alfredsson’s departure from Ottawa, the problem with David Clarkson’s contract, and the Senators bring back Joe Corvo.

Alex Burmistrov signs with KHL team.

Alex Burmistrov signs with KHL team.

WINNIPEG SUN: Paul Friesen reported on center Alex Burmistrov’s decision to leave the Jets and play for AK Bars Kazan of the KHL. Friesen believes Burmistrov was rushed too soon into the NHL, didn’t get along with current Jets coach Claude Noel, and suggested the reason the Jets didn’t trade him was they couldn’t get a decent return.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Jets still hold the 21-year-old’s rights. Uunless the Jets trade him to another team, if he wants to return to the NHL after his KHL contract expires in two years time, it’ll have to be with Winnipeg. What I’ve noticed over the years is young Russian players who try the NHL and then return to Russia to play rarely return.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: James Mirtle explains why the Toronto Maple Leafs contract with David Clarkson is a problem. The deal is seven years, unusually lengthy for a player who’ll turn 30 next season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: For the Leafs to get full value out of this seven year deal, Clarkson will have to score 40 or more points in five of those years. No offense to Clarkson, who is an aggressive, hard-working player, but the odds are against him. I fear this contract will become burdensome for player and team before it is half-completed.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan reports the Senators have brought back defenseman Joe Corvo, inking him to a one-year, $900K contract. Brennan also interviewed Senators president/CEO Cyril Leeder, who was “non-committal” about the club eventually retiring Daniel Alfredsson’s number. Leeder also said he didn’t think it was a foregone conclusion Alfredsson, who recently signed with the Detroit Red Wings, would take a job in the Senators front office when his playing days ended.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe this link best sums up my feeling about Leeder’s comments. C’mon, everyone knows the Senators will retire Alfredsson’s number after  their former captain retires. Leeder’s just being diplomatic. Nothing to see here, folks, move along…


  1. So sick & tired of reading negative comments from writers & reporters about Clarkson’s contract. Everything regarding the value of a players contact appears to be related to points. Thankfully none of you are coaches. Given your’e logic, Lucic is way over paid as well. Scott Stevens never would have played in the NHL and Grabo should make more than Getzlaf. You guys need to realize that there is so much more that goes into determining a players value than points. Go back and look at Boston’s playoff run again and tell me who their most valuable players were. Guess Bergeron & Lucic are overpaid as well! To all the writers & reporters talking negatively about Clarkson’s contract, get your head out of the sand! You will see in the playoffs just how valuable he is!

    • @R cooke: I agree completely. If the Oilers (or another team) had signed Clarkson instead of the Leafs, the Toronto headlines would have read “Nonis fails to improve team.” People would have been crying that we didn’t sign Clarkson,Clowe,Weiss or any other big free agent available. You can spin any scenario into a negative. Clarkson was a win for the Leafs.

    • You make a good point that points are not the end all and be all of a players value. The issue I have with the contract, and I think the pundits are trying to voice this, is where Clarksons value comes from. It is his physical play. How many years will he be able to play that way at a high level? Will that fire and his body hold up for 7years at his age? There are a lot of players who drop off when they get around age 32/33. He will still have a lot of contract left. I think that is the real question.

      • Agreed with the habs fan to an extent but 3-4 years down the road if his body holds up (he wont need to fight as much in TO as he did in NJ) and the cap continues to rise hopefully like its expected to, the 5.2 hit may not be horrible I think that was also a factor in signing this type of deal with this guy he may drop the mits once or twice but the majority of the fighting will be still done by the fourth line and Fraser.

  2. Compared to Clarkson’s contract and cap hit, Luongo’s contract and cap hit looks like a steal! Who would you rather have???

    • Clarkson…by a mile 10 outa 10 times Gillis didnt even really want Lou soo your argument is kinda dumb, you dont think Gillis would have traded Lou for Clarkson? Give it a rest

  3. Umm who’s to say that in 5 years the cap wouldn’t have gone up enough that a 35 year old grinders average salary is that of Clarkson’s ? And then you get his loyalty, work ethic and toughness (there is a lot more to a player than points) for the going rate.

    • I am a HUGE fan of the Clarkson trade. Guys like that don’t become available too often. He is everything a coach and fans could ever want in a player. He doesn’t need to score 30 goals to make this deal worthwhile – although I wouldn’t put it past him.

    • Exactly

      • Im pretty sure Randy and Dave will feel alot better with a 2 goal lead with a minute and a half left with a line like Bolland McClement Clarkson on the ice compared to Grabovski McClement and Kulimen. A whole lot harder to play against, Dave addressed some of the defensive deficiencies by upgrading the overall team d, hopefully some of the Blueline will mature and gaffs like game 7 will be behind us

  4. If Clarkson helps the Leafs win a cup in year 3 nobody will care about the other 4 years!! Go LEAFS GO!!

  5. Clarkson’s game is crashing the, hitting, and fighting.
    With that much money invested and the Leafs well equipped
    With fighters, will they let Clarkson fight as much as he did in NJ?

    • Lol no no they will not Im sure there will be the “David meet Colton and the 2 Frasers they are here for your assistance please make sure you take advantage of their oversized knuckles…”

  6. lol…only in toronto!