NHL Canadian Corner – May 6, 2014

Latest on the Canadiens-Bruins series, Maple Leafs likely to make a decision about coach Randy Carlyle this week, plus updates on Sam Gagner, Marc Methot, Devan Dubnyk and more. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: The Canadiens jokingly downplayed comments from the Bruins regarding goalie Carey Price’s supposed weakness with high shots and officiating. The Bruins, meanwhile, are confident they can jump-star their sputtering power play.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Price’s only weakness with  high shots is he can’t see them if he’s being screened, especially by his teammates, which was the case in Game 2. The Bruins simply need to keep getting traffic in front of Price. As for the Canadiens, they must play a complete game. They were doing fine through two periods in Game 2, but the Bruins turned up the pressure in the third and the Habs fell apart. 

Decision over Randy Carlyle's fate coming soon?

Decision over Randy Carlyle’s fate coming soon?

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox reports the Maple Leafs could make a decision on retaining or replacing Randy Carlyle as head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the Leafs have faced some criticism for letting Carlyle twist in the wind, their recent hiring of Brendan Shanahan as team president was the reason behind the delay in making a decision about their coaching. Now that Shanahan’s had some time to get the lay of the land, they should reach a decision soon. 

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Bruce McCurdy wonders if it’s time for the Oilers to part ways with Sam Gagner, while Jim Matheson reports former Oilers goalie Devan Dubnyk, now a fourth-string goalie with Montreal, hopes to land with another NHL club as a free agent this summer. Matheson speculates there’s several clubs (New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Columbus) which could use an experienced backup.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Oilers plan to move Gagner they’ll have to do it before July 1st, before his no-movement clause kicks in. As for Dubnyk, I felt sorry for him as I think his development was ruined in Edmonton. He no longer has any stock as a starter but could be worthwhile as a backup. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Marc Methot had to drop out of playing for Team Canada at the World Championship due to a back injury.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames have a tentative deal to move their AHL team from Abbotsford, BC to Glen Falls, New York.


  1. Surely Shanny is a logical man.

    • We dont know that really…I mean to take the position in the first place… I wonder if Randy has already been told and they are waiting on a short list of replacements before they announce his dismissal. You know, have a couple of days of “x should be coach” articles followed up with some articles of the guy they select and what/where he’s been following that… Lots of negative and positive press.

      • The simplest answer is usually the correct one- they just haven’t decided yet. I don’t understand why anyone would think that MLSE or the Leafs themselves would have any reason to involve or include the media in their decisions. Shannahan will do what he thinks is best for the team. And once he makes a decision, Carlyle will be one of the first to know- LONG before any of us do.

        I think it’s sort of hilarious that anything and everything to do with the Leafs is being spun into a conspiracy theory. I’m a lifelong Leafs fan, and even I think most Leafs fans are friggin nuts with things they say. Do the Leafs, or anyone on the team, really need or want more media attention?? Are the Leafs in such bad financial shape that the need to play games with fans through the media to get exposure and drive revenue?

        • Actually I recall Tim saying something about letting the raptors have the spotlight and will wait until after they are done to make an announcement regarding hockey news. Also my point above was that they may have already decided and informed Randy his fate and might have a candidate or two in mind. Expect lots of Leafs news if they drag their feet. I don’t think anyone cares for the coverage this team gets fans or the organization.

      • lol Ya I suppose a logical man might think twice before taking that job, good point.