NHL Canadian Corner – June 26, 2012.

A reason why the Senators are pursuing Rick Nash, the Jets turn to re-signing Evander Kane, James van Riemsdyk reaction to his trade to Toronto, the Flames hope to re-sign Blake Comeau, plus the latest on the Canucks, Oilers and Canadiens.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Wayne Scanlan suggested acquiring Rick Nash would make sense for the Senators if captain Daniel Alfredsson were to retire.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: But could Nash fill the void which would be left by the departed, beloved Alfredsson?

Jets putting focus on getting Kane re-signed.

WINNIPEG SUN: With Ondrej Pavelec under contract, the Jets management shifts its focus to re-signing RFA winger Evander Kane.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets GM Kevin Chevelayoff overcame what appeared to be a difficult situation by getting Pavelec under contract. I expect he’ll do the same with Kane, whose talks might not be contentious as some Jets followers fear.

SPORTSNET.CA: New Maple Leafs James van Riemsdyk’s Twitter account saw a significant spike after he was dealt to Toronto. van Riemsdyk said he’s looking forward to joining the Leafs next season, adding he wasn’t surprised by the trade after being linked to the Leafs in rumors this season.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames didn’t send a qualifying offer to forward Blake Comeau, but remain interested in re-signing him to a new contract.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks didn’t qualify the right of RFA defenseman Marc-Andre Gragnani, whom they acquired at the trade deadline as part of the return for shipping Cody Hodgson to Buffalo.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks management are giving up rather quickly on Gragnani, who was considered a promising young defenseman. Perhaps Gragnani wasn’t as good as touted, andif so, that doesn’t speak well of how the Canucks front office evaluates talent. If Gragnani goes on to fulfill his promise elsewhere, it could make them look worse.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have cut ties with defenseman Cam Barker, as they didn’t send him a qualifying offer.

 CANOE.CA; Frederic St. Denis is focused upon making the Montreal Canadiens lineup next season.


  1. I still maintain that Nash to Ottawa is solid given the right price and his willingness to come and I would be willing to pay. I think getting Nash could keep Alfie around one more year as that is an increased shot at the cup and Nash makes a solid replacement for Alfie when/if he does retire. He may not bring the leadership, but he can bring offense and physicality to the table.

    Puempel, Noesen, Stone, Da Costa, Zibinajad, Foligno, Butler, next years 1st round should all make good bait in order to nab Nash.

  2. JJB 8 players for Nash? Or you just listing possibilities? I would love to see Nash in Ottawa. I live 4 Km’s from Scotia Bank place and would like Nash as a new neighbor. Unfortunately, no trade clauses and hot headed GM’s make a Nash to Ottawa trade highly unlikely. One could dream though.

  3. Gragnani played for Alain Vigneault back in Junior for the PEI Rocket. I guess AV didn’t like how the kid developed since then and said nevermind. It’s not like a powerplay specialist is really a need for the Canucks anyways.

  4. According to Tim Murray, asst GM in Ottawa.. all Bryan Murray did was call Howson to find out what he wanted for Nash. Probably the same as a lot of GM’s did.

    That’s it. They don’t know if Nash would come to Ottawa or not.. They have not indicated what players that would be in the price.

    Murray also said.. they are not going to beg Nash to come to Ottawa. If he doesn’t want to… then that’s the end of it.

  5. The Sens chasing Rick Nash makes sense. If anything it helps persuade Alfy into playing one more season. Seems the major drawback here is Nash’s contract. Outside of Spezza and Karlsson we don’t have any big contracts on the books for very long. Alfy, Gonchar, and possibly Neil will all be off the books after this season. If the team really wants to see their young guys play here like Silfverberg (900K), and Stone (873K), then the Sens need somewhere to spend money because they do actually have to reach the cap floor.

    Landing a Rick Nash is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Think would it would do for Spezza, it sure as hell would give him incentive to stay here once his contract is up in 3 years. Nash is often part of the leadership team for Canada internationally, so he has leadership capabilities. Not to mention he’s been a soldier sitting and letting his career rot in Columbus for 8 seasons without even an iota of help. Not to mention what acquiring Nash would do for season ticket sales, and merchandise sales.

    The Sens need a scorer for Spezza and Nash is one of a kind 6’4 225 pounds who can skate, score, hit, and make magic on ice. The price is steep but lets be honest a lot of these prospects are never going to get a legit shot at making the team anyway and will eventually need to be parted with for help at some point anyway. I’d rather risk that on a player like Nash than take my chances that someone better will somehow make it to UFA and will want to play for us more than say in places like Anaheim, NY, LA, or Det…

    People just need to get over the contract he has and realise it’s not like the Sens are loaded with a ton of big money long-term contracts. The Salary cap is 70.3M, plenty of money to go around.

  6. wow id take a shot at gragnani. i think in the right situation that kid could be putting up some points just hasnt got the right oppurtunity

  7. The Ottawa Senators should try to sign Defenseman Cam Barker he would certainly sure up the backend and be a good defensive pair to play with Karlsson