NHL Canadian Corner – June 8, 2012.

Canadiens open contract talks with Price & Subban, Maple Leafs could look at trading up, Senators should re-sign tough duo, and Flames fire associate coach Hartsburg.


Habs open contract talks with Subban and Price.

SPORTSNET.CA: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin has begun contract negotiations with restricted free agents Carey Price and P.K. Subban.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Exhale with relief, Habs fans.

SPORTSNET.CA: Player agent Igor Larionov, who represents top prospect Nail Yakupov and Alex Galchenyuk, claimed the Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs interested in his clients. Larionov suggested the Leafs could attempt to move up in the draft to land one or both of those youngsters.

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan believes the Senators should re-sign tough guys Matt Carkner and Zenon Kenopka, citing their affordability and willingness to return with the Senators.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have let associate coach Craig Hartsburg go.


  1. If the Leafs want to move up to 1st to grab Yakupov — would it not take at least their 5th overall pick + a good defenseman — not named Komisarik?

    I can’t see the Oilers trading that 1st without getting a first round pick back..

    Then how would the Leafs go about getting both Yakupov and Galchenyuk if they only had the 1st overall?

  2. It would take a top 6 forward like Kessel or Lupul to land the other top pick, thats how.

    • No it would NOT mug.It would just take Toronto’s 5th pick plus Kadri and Colborne. Done deal.

      • Wanna bet? Kadri is worth nothing, and dropping to 5th means Edmonton would want to focus on a D man. And if Edmonton does want that, they can get a better package than Kadri and Colborne.

        • Or unless when Leafs get Shultz that he can be used as bait, I know Burkie is up to something big, he kind of expressed that at the last Marlies game in an interview, should be interesting how this plays out and something tells me theres going to be a 3 way trade and Ducks have alot to do with it, I wouldnt be suprised if Burke is going after Getzlaf. He needs a vet not more prospects!

      • But it’s been reported that Burke wants BOTH — so he would need 2 picks in the top 5.

        What would he have to give Edmonton to get the 1st overall without giving up their 5th.

        Probably Schenn, Gardiner + — it won’t come cheap if the Oilers don’t get a 1st round pick back… Oilers need defense… not forwards.

        If Burke could get it done without giving away key pieces that he needs to try to make the playoffs this season — then good for him…

        There’s not a lot out there in free agency to bring in to replace what he would have to send out.. as Parise & Suter want to go to a contender… probably Detroit or they stay where they both are.

        • I think it would take Gardiner, Kulemin/Reimer (depending on whether they want the Edm or CBJ pick) and a first rounder. Since the Leafs want to keep their 5th, they could offer their 2013 first rounder and a prospect to another team for their 2012 first rounder, then ship this to the Oilers/CBJ.

        • He may use Shultz as the bait, Shultz would be a great fit for Edmonton but that would be a plan B.

      • No Leafer, it would take one of Lupul or Kessel to get that other pick plus other conditional picks maybe a 3rd 4th and possibly a 5th rounder to make it happen

  3. To get the 1st from Columbus it would take goaltending so eitehr Scrivens or Reimer. But I agree, a first would have to be also involved and at the moment, the Leafs only have one 5th overall pick….but it should be fun seeing what can be done…

    • Edmonton has 1st pick, not Columbus.

      • Yes, I know. TO get that pick with trading the 5th and lke Schenn, as stated. With the 5th, Edmonton still has a good shot at Murray. The issue is how to get Columbus’ 1st.

  4. Lyle,
    You read any blog out there or comments from readers concerning the Flames,they all say the team is too old to compete in the new NHL and they have to get younger fast. But if you look at their roster, right now under contract “Cap Geek” the average age of the Flames is 26 yrs old and that includes Kipper 35, Iggy 34, Tangs 32, Cammy 30. Those four players are the only ones over 30. Out of their RFA’s of Backlund,Comeau,Jones which do you see Calgary bringing back..i believe all three (probably pretty cheap) and for their UFA’s Jokinen,Kostoplpolus,Moss,Stempiak,Hannan,Sarich do you see them possibly bringing back…I really dont see them offering any of them a contract especially if they pursue any so called “big fish” this summer.

    • The problem is their core is old. Their peripheral players are young, but they are less significant.

  5. Edmonton won’t drop to 5th unless they get a blue chip prospect D ala Ryan Murray along with the pick. I can see them moving to 2nd overall or maybe 3rd with some sort of work done to ensure they get Murray, 5th is too far without something significant in return (Kadri, Schenn are NOT significant)