NHL Canadian Corner – November 24, 2013.

Maple Leafs, Canadiens and Senators win their Saturday games, the Canucks and Jets lose theirs, plus updates on Sam Gagner and Sven Baertschi.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs made Mikhail Grabovski’s return to Toronto one he’d like to forget. H was forced from the game after being inadvertently cut for 20 stitches by David Clarkson’s skate, while his Washington Capitals fell 2-1 in overtime.

Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his two goals against the Penguins.

Max Pacioretty celebrates one of his two goals against the Penguins.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: For the second straight game the Montreal Canadiens took a 3-0 lead then held on to win 3-2, this time downing the Pittsburgh Penguins. Max Pacioretty scored twice for the Habs while Carey Price made 29 saves for the win.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators won their second straight game at the Joe Louis Arena this season, downing the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 to snap a three-game losing skid.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Two goals in nine seconds by the Chicago Blackhawks downed the Vancouver Canucks 2-1.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets blew two leads to fall 3-2 in overtime to the Minnesota Wild.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers center Sam Gagner is still find his game after returning from a broken jaw.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Sven Baertschi is hoping he’s regained his scoring touch.


  1. SENS
    Have to go with Lehner …just the way it is !! I would trade Anderson right now and get top return before the Goalie market gets saturated closer to the trade deadline ….trading Anderson should bring in at least a top 6 forward or top 4 defender ! Lawson is a capable back up but picking up Joey Macdonald from Calgary to keep low cap hit would be a good idea if Anderson gets traded !

    Still need to add some more size upfront ! Id trade Gionta to New Jersey for Bernier.

    Having watched a few Flames games now ..Id really like to pick up Baertschi as he is a very smooth skater who is a natural highly gifted playmaker and will be a good fit with another team who has more talent and quality scoring players i.e. John Tavares …..Seguin …..Kessel …Sedins …Spezza ..Giroux and so on !

    JETS ….Need to shake things up ….they have quality pieces to make a good trade to advance the franchise this year !!
    Need a better center !!!
    A Philly trade with Byflugen or ( Bogosian ) and Pardy for both Schenns would be good for both !

    • Anderson is due to resign for big bucks this year .I don’t see any teams that need a number one who are willing to pay for him — especially when he looks to have taken a step back this season. There may be three teams in the NHL who need a starter and there are no fewer than five top end guys going UFA in July. Why pay anything when you can get someone for cash? Only way he gets moved is if a contender gets an injury.

      Bernier will be in New Jersey for years to come. Gionta is another guy who is UFA this year. They may get a draft pick for him at the deadline.

      Baertschi is probably the best young player in Calgary. He and Monohan are the future and can start shopping for real estate.

      Who in their right mind would trade Byfuglien? If Winnipeg does anything this season it will be on his back.

      • @ Kyle

        With the emergence of Trouba and Bogosian ..with some of issues it makes Big BUFF expandable and the best asset to move for quality return and at the same time shed almost $6 million to make other moves.

        With Anderson you get a LEGIT # 1 at $3.5 million for this and next year
        ( A STEAL ) and also gives you the negotiation tactic of keeping him in one place when he goes UFA after next year !
        Best return for Ottawa is RIGHT NOW next year is too late as he goes UFA !!

        Lou Lamirello always brings back his star players after in a UFA year Giontas brother plays there and it may help both teams to make a trade of sorts !!

        Baertschi shopping for real estate will only be an investment opportunity with Burke in town !! TRUST ME !!!

        • would mean Ottawa has to be smart….don’t hold your breath

      • Anderson is under contract for next season as well. I completely agree with BC in that Anderson should get shipped and I am a huge Anderson fan and the Senators should bring in a cheaper back up goalie. I’d love to see if there is something we can pull out of the Islanders for Anderson! I’d gladly do a dollar for dollar organization need flip even if there is one to be had.

        • @ JJB

          I think Anderson is a great goalie …but they need to make a move …and this seesm to be the best trade chip thay have that will not take away from the core and give them some options moving forward …Murray always wins every trade …don’t know how but he does !!

          Well I know how ……he always trades when he has the power in the deal !!

  2. i was at the Canucks vs Hawks game and have a couple of thoughts, first of all Chicago gives up too many chances to repeat this year, they have one forward high goal-sucking most of the game and this is a high risk/reward formula (offense starved Nashville beat them 7-2 a week ago) that tends to blow up in your face come playoff time. Vancouver is playing better than their record would indicate, they’re getting chances and sooner or later it will pay off (just like against Columbus), even last night Crawford had to make some great saves late in the game to prevent the Canucks from taking it to OT. the ‘Hawks are going all in with respect to the Cap as well and will be in Cap hell before next season even starts with around $500,000 in Cap room (less than the league minimum for 1 player) and only 16 players signed, even if the Cap goes up they’re in tough with Morin, Pirri, Bollig, and Smith expecting raises next year.

    • Game on 63

      Can they buyout Hossa Id say hes moveable at this point

      Canucks need some secondary scoring other than Kesler or sedins !

      I Thought Jason Garrison was the player they were missing all thsi time ….mmmmmmmm

  3. Back Checking Chicago has already used both of their compliance buyouts so Hossa’s buyout would count against their Cap, not to mention it was front loaded so it’ll be subject to Cap recapture taxes should he retire early even if they were to find someone willing to take him off their hands. his contract has 7 years to run (@ $ 5.275 million per year) and he’s already had a concussion and back surgery. in short they’re still screwed Capwise.