NHL Canadian Corner – May 25, 2012.

Canucks coach Vigneault upsets Ryan Kesler, Flames deny trying to woo John Davidson from St. Louis, update on the Canadiens search for a coach, and more.


Kesler miffed at Vigneault?

VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has apparently upset center Ryan Kesler by suggesting the latter’s declining play this season wasn’t solely due to his shoulder injury. Kesler’s agent denies this would establish a rift between his client and Vigneault, but Tony Gallagher of the Province believes otherwise, suggesting Vigneault’s “charm” could divide the locker room.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe it will, or maybe this is just a situation being blown out of proportion by bored pundits without much to write about this spring. Time will tell.

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis reports the Flames are denying rumors they’ve held talks with St. Louis Blues president John Davidson about joining their organization to help spell off current president Ken King.

CANOE.CA: Montreal Canadiens owners Geoff Molson said the team’s search for a new head coach is ongoing and there is no timetable for hiring one.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson will begin workouts next week to determine if he’s up for returning to play out the final season of his contract.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Buffery justifiably disputes the notion the Maple Leafs could’ve gone as far as the LA Kings if they’d clinched the eighth overall seed in the Eastern Conference.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Here’s the difference between the Kings and Maple Leafs this season: The Kings were a very good team which under-performed during the regular season. The Maple Leafs were at best a marginal playoff contender which collapsed in the final two months of the season. Had the Leafs actually made the playoffs, they wouldn’t have lasted very long.


  1. I’ve suspected Hartley would be the new coach in Montreal for months. I’m hoping the announcement will be made before draft.

  2. Hey Lyle,
    Great comment about the TO Sub article. It’s funny how many times Brian Burkes words blow up in his face. He says that he doesn’t want to just make 8th and the west champ is a 8th place team. Too funny. In the playoffs anything really can happen. But depth sure does help the cause, as does world class goaltending.

    • SmielmaN really? Can you explain how Burke’s words are blowing up in his face because I don’t see anything wrong with a GM saying how at around the trade deadline he said how he doesn’t want to squeak into the playoffs in the 8th seed only to be blown out the first round. Do you not understand that at that time he already knew that this team wasn’t going far so there was no reason to make any trades to attempt a push into the playoffs because he knew it wouldn’t of helped this team one way or the other? Do you not recognize a good/smart move when you one?

      And the Toronto Sun writers, well let’s hope they hire someone that knows the sport they are covering…that would be nice to see one day.

      • You do realize that 8 teams lose in the first round correct?

        Once a team gets into the playoffs anything can happen…

        Health, strong defense and goaltending and sometimes luck certainly helps.

        The president’s trophy winners lasted 5 games.

        The 8th seed in the East, yes my Sens, lasted 7 games against the #1 seed in the East. They were close games an no blowouts.

        Just because you go into the playoffs an 8th seed does not mean you get ‘blown out’ as Burke says. The odds are usually against you however against the #1 seed — but playing a competitive series will only help the younger players in the future. Getting just the experience of playing in the NHL playoffs certainly cannot hurt them…

        • If the Kings win the cup, they will be the first team in history to be seeded so low and win. If history has anything to say about this we know who we should be betting on.

          That being said I still think the Kings are going to fight to the death and take the cup.

  3. TO Sun. Damn phone

    • I don’t know. The way Toronto “sank” at the end of the season, maybe Sub was the right word.

  4. Donnybrook, what kind of a message does it send to the players, never mind the fan’s, when a GM comes out and makes that kind of statement. Good thing you Leaf fan’s are so understanding, if a GM in another market ever made that kind of statement during the season he would be crucified.

  5. Adam Henrique, Burford Ont