NHL Canadian Corner – May 7, 2014

Canadiens down the Bruins, a Toronto columnist wonders if the Leafs could sign Mike Babcock, plus the latest on the Canucks and Oilers. 

P.K. Subban beats Boston's Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

P.K. Subban beats Boston’s Tuukka Rask on a breakaway.

MONTREAL GAZETTE/BOSTON GLOBE: P.K. Subban had a goal and an assist while Carey Price made 26 saves as the Canadiens downed the Bruins 4-2 to take a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven division final.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canadiens speed certainly came to the fore in this one, setting what one CBC analyst called a “frantic pace” which kept the Bruins playing catch-up throughout the game. The Habs also ratcheted up the physical play, more than holding their own against the bigger Bruins. Boston also gave up two breakaway goals to Subban and Dale Weise.  Subban, meanwhile, became only the third Canadiens defenseman (joining Larry Robinson and J.C. Tremblay) to tally three straight multipoint playoff games.

TORONTO STAR: Dave Feschuk believes the Maple Leafs should try to sign away Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock. Feschuk considers it a “curious development” that Babcock said it is doubtful he’ll talk contract extension (he has one season left on his current deal) with the Wings this summer. He writes it’s been suggested Babcock wants to see what changes the Wings will make to their roster, that he could feel the Wings window to challenge for the Stanley Cup is closing and he might want new challenges elsewhere. Feschuk suggests the Leafs keep current coach Randy Carlyle for one more season then try to sign Babcock next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Never mind that Babcock said he likes it in Detroit and that there’s no rush to discuss a contract extension with the Wings, that he’s willing to work on a year-by-year basis, or that Wings management intends to re-sign him. I’ll let Wings blogger George James Malik explain in greater detail why Feschuk is dreaming in technicolor.  It’s a pretty dream, but not one I see happening. 

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks assistant GM Laurence Gilman could either be promoted soon into the GM’s chair or could find himself unemployed.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis examines Anton Lander’s status with the Oilers.


  1. Again Subban is a beast, great game. Babcock and dropping his name is what the Leafs media do anymore it seems, Kypreoss mentionedthat its pretty well known in NHLcircles that Shanny wasnt a big fan of Babcock in Detroit that if it was Babcock who ended up in TO. it would likely be a move by Lieweke. At that point mngmnt is even more lost than I could have thought…too many cooks in the kitchen with a CEO president Gm and 4 assistant gms all pulling in different directions. Nonis and the Burke lackies are the guys in the office that make coffee deliver paycheques and move the office furniture around if thats the case.

  2. Besides all that Feschuck is still an idiot…keep a coach and hope the on you want is available next year and is willing to coach your team and someone dosent offer him a better job, thats almost rational, what could go wrong besides you end up finishing out of the playoffs for the 9th time in 10 years you dont get a top 5 pick the coach you want signs an extension and the candidates available for your lame duck coaching position are all worse than whats available now. Madness

    • I’m buying what your selling buddy. Plus, every team in the league, with the exception of maybe 3, would make great offers to Babcock. No gaurantee he signs and that’s a large risk for the Leafs.

      IMO, trotz would be good for the leafs because of his defensive coaching abilities. If the leafs are rolling with a above average goalie, but below average defence, then get a coach in there that preaches defence and defensive responsibility. The forwards will get their chances but you need a coach that figures out his to shut other teams down.

  3. In regards to the Babcock thingy, see Billy Joels “Glass Houses album, side 1, track 2.

  4. PK! PK! PK!

    What a hockey player! Throw everything at him to try to get him off his game and he gives a Larry Robinson-esque performance. Just wow!

    Also, Krug and Hamilton looked like rookies in that game. Maybe they should shut their mouths about the other teams goalie after the games. Loved how Price made a big stop on Krug, noticed it was Krug, and threw the puck at him. Beautiful.

    Don Cherry was his usual crap self on Coachs Corner with zero highlights from the game that was airing, instead crying that the Habs shouldn’t like the bear and showing Leafs-Bruins highlights from LAST YEAR. He takes every chance he can to show “the kids” why they shouldn’t do what PK does, but oddly he neglected to show the massive missed coverage by Hamilton on PK’s breakaway goal. Strange. *rolls eyes*. Just retire already. I would love if Steve Kouleas was in his position.

    Great game and great win. Should be 3-0 on these whiney bruins.


    P.S. Weise is a beast!

  5. I’m guessing SmielmaN’s a big Hab fan…

    • 😉 *touches side of nose*

      I prefer to call myself the biggest Habs can in southwestern Ontario lol 😀

  6. Habs *fan

  7. Babcock will never stand behind the Maple Leaf bench. The Leafs don’t want to win championships unless they can do it with largely AHL players. Fact is, like Harold once said: ” Why should we invest in Cadillac’s if all it takes is beaters to get the dumb mopes to fill the joint” and buy our junk…and there folks lie’s your thought process that YOU have collectively proven to MLSE that no matter how they repackage, reshape and otherwise redefine their version of spectacular. its worth s**t on the open market of hockey success.