NHL Canadian Corner – June 14, 2014

A Spezza trade would usher in a new era for the Senators, the latest on the Oilers and Canucks, a former Flame is now a Cup champion, and it’s the end of an era for Hockey Night in Canada. 

Trading Jason Spezza would signal the start of a new era for the Senators.

Trading Jason Spezza would signal the start of a new era for the Senators.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren believes a Jason Spezza trade will usher in a new era for the Senators, stocked mostly with younger players who have no ties to the roster which went to the 2007 Stanley Cup Final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Senators have been trending that way for several years now. It remains to be seen if the next generation of Senators will reach or exceed the heights of that ’07 team. 

EDMONTON SUN: Despite rumors, the Oilers hiring of Bob Nicholson doesn’t spell the end of the respective tenures of Kevin Lowe and Patrick Laforge with the club.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That does little to dispel the impression the Oilers are run by an “old-boys network”. 

CALGARY HERALD: Former Flames defenseman Robyn Regehr is now a member of a Stanley Cup champion. He was the second player  on the Los Angeles Kings to hoist the Stanley Cup following captain Dustin Brown.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Nice touch by Brown, passing the Cup directly to Regehr. He knew how long the veteran blueliner had waited for that moment. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Young Canucks fans have some interesting suggestions for team president Trevor Linden.

CBC.CA: It’s the end of an era for Hockey Night in Canada on CBC. Next season the show’s production will be taken over by Rogers Sportnet, though the show will remain on CBC for the next four seasons.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hopefully Sportnet won’t change the actual coverage of the games, which I believe remains top notch. And they better not mess with the production of the intro videos, which no network does better. However, the intermission segments definitely need improvement. The show’s new host will be George Stroumboulopoulos, taking over from Ron MacLean, though the latter will remain with the show in a lesser capacity, and will continue to appear as Don Cherry’s foil on Coach’s Corner. Jim Hughson and the legendary Bob Cole will return as part of their play-by-play team. It remains to be seen what the future holds for Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, P.J. Stock, Kevin Weekes and others who’ve taken part in their intermission segments. 


  1. Kelly Hrudey, and P.J. Stock are hopefully gone. Time to cut out all those weak links. Man pretty unbearable to watch them talk and blow themselves for the whole segment. Someone needs to tell PJ that raising your voice does not make your argument right. What a blowhard. Same with Hrudey to a lesser degree, still annoying as hell. Aside from those two, I have no complaints at all about HNIC. THey would be solid if they got rid of those jokes. Sorta like kuklaskorner would be so much better off without TPSH.

  2. At first I wasnt real happy (pissed really) about the whole Rogers thing, mostly due to the end of TSN national coverage. I’m still not really sold on the idea of it (Randorf Romanuk and Hughson seems awful), but thinking back over the past few years its time for the end of HNIC the show itself is old and dusty recycled like a table cloth that is going to be the material for a Don Cherry sport jacket. It was a great run but since probably the late 90s its a shell of its former self.
    All good things come to an end including HNIC. Good luck to Rogers.