NHL Canadian Corner – March 5, 2014.

Canucks fall to the Coyotes amid fallout from the Luongo trade, Oilers edge the Senators, Jets fall to the Islanders, plus the latest on the Canadiens, Flames and Maple Leafs.

VANCOUVER SUN: Eddie Lack’s 31-save performance couldn’t prevent the Canucks from falling 1-0 to the Phoenix Coyotes.

Reaction to Roberto Luongo's trade to Florida overshadowed the Canucks loss to the Coyotes.

Reaction to Roberto Luongo’s trade to Florida overshadowed the Canucks loss to the Coyotes.

VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Cam Cole lambasts Canucks management for their shoddy handling of now-former Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo. Jason Botchford considers the Luongo trade as the end of an era for the Canucks. Ed Willes hopes it’s the first move in the Canucks’ return to respectability.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Only two good things come out of this move for the Canucks. They finally do right by Luongo by trading him where he really wanted to go, and they shed all but 15 percent of his salary over the remaining term (eight years) of his contract. The return, quite frankly, is terrible. Jacob Markstrom doesn’t appear like he’ll ever be an NHL-ready goalie, while Shawn Matthias is a third-line center. For GM Mike Gillis to redeem himself he must get a great return for Ryan Kesler and/or land some quality talent in the off-season via trades or free agent signings.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/OTTAWA CITIZEN: In what could be Ales Hemsky’s final game with the Oilers, he scored twice to lift his club to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators.

WINNIPEG SUN: Andrew Ladd scored twice for the Jets but it was Michael Grabner’s overtime goal which lifted the NY Islanders to a 3-2 win.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens goalie Carey Price (lower-body) is making progress in his recovery but won’t be in goal tonight when the Habs face the Anaheim Ducks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With backup Peter Budaj playing well it would be wise for Price not to try to rush back before he’s completely healed.

CALGARY SUN: Flames enforcer Kevin Westgarth (concussion) has been sidelined for at least a week.

TORONTO SUN: Terry Koshan doesn’t expect any blockbuster moves by the Maple Leafs before today’s trade deadline.


  1. Well Gillis went from wanting Bozak Kadri and a first for Luongo (while holding no salary) to getting a third line center an ahl goalie and a first round pick for both Schneider and Lunogo and paying about 5 million dollars of whats left of Lous contract…..ouch.

  2. I agree with Terry maybe a dman that can play as a 3-4 or a bit of secondary scoring thats about it for the Leafs. Hoping they can shed a bit of salary for the off season and pick up a stronger stay at home d and up grade the second line. Bigger moves will be done in the summer, and I do expect some then.

    • Nonis (Mr. Play it safe) will do diddly squat today. He has no cap room and the only player left available that may have been able to help the blue line went for a bag of pucks last night as Nonis had to stand around watching. MacDonald could have been had for nothing and would have improved the second pairing on the blue line. Nonis could not afford him after his pretending he was Santa Claus over the past eight months.

      • Im not sure how you think they couldnt afford MacDonald they have around a 500 k in space plus what ever would go the other way, MacDonalds salary is only 500 k for the full year they could have got him under the cap pretty easy. For whatever reason they didnt want to part with the picks or a deal couldnt be worked out.

        • Not sure where you are getting your numbers from and if you are including Bolland coming back in your numbers but it doesn’t matter since I should have clarified I was mainly referring to cap space next year when the Leafs would have tried to sign MacDonald to a new contract. The money will not be there after some UFA’s are resigned and most RFA’s are given their raises unless you plan on dumping some budding RFA’s. Anyways it’s water under the bridge, Nonis missed out on improving his D core giving up next to nothing in return. Sad day for Leaf fans. Maybe he didn’t do the deal because he only does deals for 6th/7th D men and 3rd and 4th line forwards. lol

  3. The logical next move for the Canucks is to put Eddie Lack on the market and see how far they can go with this. You can never have too few good goalies.
    St. Louis to the Rangers by the way – shame he hasn’t come to Vancouver – he could learn how to block shots.