NHL Canadian Corner – May 30, 2012.

Updates on the Flames and Canadiens respective searches for new head coaches, latest on Ryan Smyth contract talks with the Oilers, and Jets forward Blake Wheeler has been a playoffs junkie.

CALGARY SUN: cited an RDS report claiming the Flames had had a second interview with former NHL coach Bob Hartley. There’s also speculation over some complications involving his two-year contract with the Zurich Lions of Switzerland.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin is preaching patience regarding his club’s search for a new head coach. Hartley, Michel Therrien and Marc Crawford have been among those believed on Bergevin’s list.

Stalemate between Smyth and Oilers continues.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The contract stalemate between Ryan Smyth and the Oilers continues, with the stumbling block being money, not term. Smyth could be seeking over $3 million per season, while the Oilers are likely offering less.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Smyth hopes to finish his career with the Oilers, he’ll have no choice but to accept less money.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets forward Blake Wheeler has been closely following this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, and is looking forward to playing again.



  1. I hate Ryan smyth. Really money is the issue? You left the first time because you wanted more money. You ask for a trade back to edmonton, and then oh I want more money… Haven’t you made enough….

  2. Smyth is at the end of his career and if he signs for 3 million and some are reporting $4 mil, he’s crazy…i would hate to see what Jokinen is asking for in Calgary. He brings alot more to the table that Smyth. Jokinen should get 4mil and Smyth maybe 2mil if he is lucky. But hey, Oilers are all about over spending right now..just look at their last signing with Hemsky..and the Oilers fans make fun of Calgarys crazy deals

  3. No doubt Smyth needs to be reasonable. The only good thing about Hemsky is that he’s younger & has more potential upside. Hope he stays healthy! Thankfully he didn’t get a no-trade clause. We’ve seen enough of that in Calgary. Now that Hartley is here its very obvious Brent Sutter was never coming back. History is repeating itself again in Calgary, its easier to hire family.