NHL Canadian Corner – June 19, 2013.

The latest on Zach Bogosian and Ben Scrivens, plus updates on the Oilers, Flames, Canucks, and Senators, while Wayne Gretzky believes the NHL will return to Quebec City one day.

Jets could pay big bucks to retain Zach Bogosian.

Jets could pay big bucks to retain Zach Bogosian.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes the Jets value defenseman Zach Bogosian too much to risk losing him to an offer sheet. He feels the Jets will re-sign Bogosian to a long-term deal (suggesting six years, $24 million), as moving him is not an option.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I could see Bogosian inking a six-to-eight year deal worth $5 million per season. He’s worth that much to the Jets. They won’t part with him via trade, and they won’t allow a rival club to sign him away via offer sheet. 

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens will march in Toronto’s Pride Parade.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: Edmonton Oilers GM Craig MacTavish assured season ticket holders he intends on bolstering the club’s depth.

CALGARY HERALD: High River, Alberta native Corban Knight is thrilled over being dealt by the Florida Panthers to the Calgary Flames.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Knight is finishing four years of NCAA hockey with North Dakota. Hockey’s Future projects him to become a physical checking forward, and he should become part of the Flames new youth movement.

VANCOUVER SUN: Newly signed goalie Joacim Eriksson will vie with Eddie Lack for the Canucks backup goalie position.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That could depend upon the return the Canucks get for Roberto Luongo if they’re able to trade him this summer.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators home arena will officially become Canadian Tire Centre on July 1.

NATIONAL POST: Wayne Gretzky has a “gut feeling” the NHL will one day return to Quebec City.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the NHL’s recent interest in Seattle as a possible destination for the Phoenix Coyotes, it sounds like Quebec City could be destined to receive an expansion franchise, rather than a relocated one.


  1. Do you actually see much of a market for Luongo and his monster contract? Or do you think it’s possible that he is one of Vancouvers amnesty buy outs?

  2. Why would any GM trade for Luongo, when you can simply wait for the Canucks to use an amnesty buyout on him? Then he can be signed to a more “reasonable” contract. I mean, does Gills really have any other choice?

  3. If the leafs are still considering an upgrade in net, I wonder if the Bernier to Leafs rumours are not being shot down because the Leafs hope Gillis will become more desperate and therefore more reasonable with their demands in return for Luongo, as realistically the Leafs are one of the few teams that could take him. Leafs could take Luongo and also ask for Edler in return for Vancouver taking Liles and Scrivens. Solves problems for both teams. Leaf D pairs become Phaneuf & Edler, Gardiner & Gunnarsson, Fraser & Franson

  4. The Phoenix debacle aside, with the continuing struggles of teams in Florida, New Jersey, & Columbus. the idea of expansion is ridiculous! The NHL should only expand once every market has some financial stability.

  5. Murph I don’t mean to be rude but I feel like a lot of your comments are wishful thinking on the leafs end. there is no way that they let 2 much better hockey players (Edler, and Luongo) go for a unproven backup goalie and another overrated defensemen (scrivens and liles). The canucks are already trying to buy out a similar player to liles, his name is keith ballard.