NHL Canadian Corner – May 9, 2012.

An update on Erik Karlsson’s contract talks, Ryan Kesler undergoes shoulder surgery, the latest on the Canadiens search for a coach, and a look at the status of Leafs prospect Stuart Percy.

OTTAWA SUN: Don’t expect Erik Karlsson’s contract talks with the Senators to be settled quickly, though that doesn’t mean they won’t be amicable.

Kesler has shoulder surgery.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ryan Kesler underwent successful shoulder surgery, but will be sidelined for six months, meaning the earliest he could return to the Canucks lineup is early November. It’s the second straight off-season he’s gone under the knife, which is bound to raise concerns over his durability among Canucks fans.

LA PRESSE: The Canadiens continue their search for a head coach, but it’s possible Martin Lapointe could be brought in as an assistant coach.

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs are ensuring they take their time to develop former first round pick Stuart Percy, rather than rush him into NHL action before he’s ready


  1. Karlsson is a very good and soon to be great player and it is only right that he and his agent work out what is best for him and for the Senators. Taking time to get things right will work out the best for both sides and keep everyone happy. With salary caps and the upcoming CBA there are a great many things to take into consideration but I see him as a Senator for many years to come.

    The way that Kessler plays puts his body in harms way many times in every game he plays. The problem is that he is usually a slow stater at the beginning of the year and it is going to be even harder for him to overcome this because he will not have a full summer of working out to prepare him for the upcoming season. I look for him to have a drop off year and he will not hit his stride until after the All Star break, which will put the Canucks at a great disadvantage without his scoring. Someone must pick up the slack and right now I don’t see that someone one the current roster.
    Zack Kassian has the physicality but not the scoring touch of Kessler. I look for a trade at the draft for a hard nosed player, possibly with Mason Raymond as trade bait or in a Luongo move add on.

  2. The only question I have is why did it take this long after the playoffs for him to go under the knife given how long the recovery would be. In all fairness to Kesler, like many other players, where do you base a real analysis of their careers, on a career year, or the general summary of his career. Take away last year, and he is right where he has been his whole career. The Jason Blake syndrome.