NHL Canadian Corner – Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Oilers thump the Wild, Flames fall to Blackhawks, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, Kevin Bieksa and more.

Nail Yakupov scores one of his 2 goals as the Oilers down the Wild 6-1.

Nail Yakupov scores one of his 2 goals as the Oilers down the Wild 6-1.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Nail Yakupov and Corey Potter each scored twice to power the Oilers to a 6-1 win over the Minnesota Wild.

CALGARY HERALD: In their final game of this season, the Flames fell 3-1 to the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: With Jarome Iginla and Jay Bouwmeester dealt away and Miikka Kiprusoff pondering retirement, it’s going to be an interesting off-season in Calgary.

SPORTSNET: Ottawa Senators coach Paul MacLean said Jason Spezza (back) isn’t close to returning to action.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Maybe if the Senators reach the second round Spezza could be available, but don’t hold your breath.

VANCOUVER SUN: Defenseman Kevin Bieksa said he’s ready to go if coach Alain Vigneault wants him to play in their season finale against the Oilers.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: On the one hand, it would be good for Bieksa to get in a game before the playoffs. On the other, why risk re-injury on a meaningless season-ending game before the playoffs?

MONTREAL GAZETTE: For the Canadiens to have a chance of clinching second overall in the Conference (and avoid a first round match-up against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who’ve owned them in the season series), they must defeat the Leafs tonight.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Habs also need the Boston Bruins to drop their last two games. Don’t see it happening. Get ready for Habs-Leafs in the first round.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Injuries were a factor in the Jets performance this season.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment have named former LA Kings president Tim Leiweke as its new president.


  1. Great move by MLSE with that hire of Tim Leiweke as its new president. The guy only wants to win, use money to get what he wants and make it happen. Now the question really is, how long before we see a NFL team in Toronto because I’m 100% sure it will happen with him there now.

  2. I like the Lieweike hire, but it did not prevent the Leafs from playing like absolute crap tonight. How can they forget to 1) Forecheck 2) Make checks 3) Finish checks 4) Rough up and intimidate. That is what got them to where they are.

    The Leafs made Montreal look good tonight, when they were nothing more than average. My sons Bantam Team could have beat the Leafs tonight. AAARRGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!

    I was ashamed tonight. That was pathetic.