NHL Canadian Corner – October 15, 2013.

Capitals exploit Oilers poor goaltending, updates on Daniel Briere, Morgan Rielly, Sean Monahan and Jacob Trouba, plus the latest on the Senators and Canucks.

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Oilers.

Alexander Ovechkin celebrates his goal against the Oilers.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers backup Jason LaBarbera gave up three goals on as many shots as the Washington Capitals downed the struggling Oilers 4-2. The Oilers have now given up a league-high 29 goals whilst scoring only 19.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Twitter was abuzz last night with Oilers fans practically pleading for management to do something – anything – to address their club’s goaltending woes. Trouble is, there doesn’t seem to be many trade options available, and it could cost them a good young player like Nail Yakupov to get it done.

The only reasonable free agent option is Ilya Bryzgalov, but his reputation as a flake hurts his value.  If the losses keep piling up, however, Bryzgalov could start looking really attractive to the Oilers.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Daniel Briere finds himself demoted to the Canadiens fourth line when they face off tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Briere has only one point so far as a Hab, but it’s too early to panic about his performance so far. As the piece noted, Briere understands the reason behind the move and knows he has to improve.  

TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs will soon have to decide if they’ll retain defenseman Morgan Rielly or send him back to junior.

CALGARY HERALD: Flames center Sean Monahan will face his toughest challenge over the next several games in his bid to earn a regular roster spot this season. The Flames face off against the LA Kings, Anaheim Ducks and San Jose Sharks in an upcoming road trip.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If Monahan proves himself against those clubs, it should guarantee him a permanent spot in the lineup for the rest of the season.

WINNIPEG SUN: Rookie defenseman Jacob Trouba hasn’t looked out of place so far on the Jets blueline.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators poor defensive play has been troubling for GM Bryan Murray, but he remains confident they will improve.  Failure to do so, however, could result in some changes. Struggling centers Stephane Da Costa and Jean-Gabriel Pageau could face demotion.  A trade, however, doesn’t seem likely as they’re very difficult to make at this time of year.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Since the ’11-’12 season, the Senators have been among the league leaders in shots-against,so this isn’t a problem isn’t limited to this season.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Canucks hope to continue adjusting to their new system under coach John Tortorella during their upcoming seven-game road trip.


  1. Yakupov –

    Spent a good sum of yesterday posting about this and its dire need to get a deal done …ITS A MUST AT THIS POINT !!! Yakupov can land a decent goalie …its not everyday a player with his potential is on the block …Buffalo , Anahiem , St Louis, Caps , Tampa & Ottawa are potential trade partners in this deal.

    I see a potential trade with Ottawa and Oilers here as they both need what the other has in plenty !!

    Brier – a little surprised he is not producing ..usually a clutch player !

    Morgan Reilly – Really hope he stays up with the Leafs …deserves it !

    Flames would be absolutely insane to send Monohan back …hes been the story!!

    Great stories with both Trouba and Dumba on defense this year ..both are fantastic skaters and really think the game well !

    • I think the fans in Bflo are getting more and more restless. I’m not sure if trading Miller for another rookie is ideal as I think Bflo needs another vet to help with our current rookies. IMO the holdup is Miller approving a ticket to Edmonton and if Edmonton wants to give up something for Miller. I could see something like Hemsky/Dubnyk/Yakupov for Miller/Stafford/McNabb

  2. Da Costa is a scrub and his experiment is over, Zibinejad, O’Brien, Stone, Puempel … look at getting one of these other kids up to the big club. If they have to send Pageau down as well, no biggie … bring two of them up the team will improve on both ends of the ice.

    Also super peeved at the Sens for the defensive choices made this summer. Not a fan of Corvo and Gryba isn’t responsible enough to be a regular 6th guy. If the Sens can find a trade to get a hold of a number 6 type defenseman then they should.

    • Stone is injured.. he’s not coming up.

      I think Zibby was sent down as a wakeup call. I think he more or less thought he had a guaranteed spot in the NHL… but you have to work to stay there.

      Zibby would have been in the AHL all of last season if not for the amount of injuries in Ottawa.

      The Sens have gotten away from ‘their’ game the last couple and are chasing the other team rather than sticking to their game plan.

      It’s going to be difficult to win tonight… 3rd game in 4 nights.. IF they can win.. they will be .500 for this 6 game road trip — including 3 in California..

      We will know what type of team Calgary is when they play those big 3 teams in California… That’s a very tough road trip..

    • It’s nice to find fellow Sens fans lol. I actually didn’t even notice Zibby not playing… some hardcore fan I am. I was never a big fan of Corvo either. I haven’t really seen the whole games but he’s made some decent plays. Don’t know what he’s doing defensively though. The thing about the Sens is that I don’t think they need a trade yet. They just have to find their stride. Maybe switch some people out in the minors and whatnot. Get the right combo. What kind of trade would either of you guys propose if they needed one?? Go Sens Go