NHL Canadian Corner – Saturday, March 2, 2013.

The Oilers fall to the Blues, the Flames come under fire for the Ryan O’Reilly fiasco, plus the latest on Kevin Bieksa, Kyle Turris and more.

STLTODAY.COM/EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Edmonton Oilers blew a two-goal lead as the St. Louis Blues rallied for a 4-2 victory. It was the Blues sixth straight win over the Oilers, who lost forward Taylor Hall was forced to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

Could the O'Reilly offer sheet fiasco cost Feaster his job?

Could the O’Reilly offer sheet fiasco cost Feaster his job?

CALGARY SUN: Eric Francis wonders if heads could roll in the Flames front office after it was revealed yesterday the club could’ve lost Ryan O’Reilly to waivers had their efforts to sign him to an offer sheet been successful. O’Reilly played two games in the KHL following the NHL lockout, meaning he would’ve had to pass through waivers before joining the Flames, who would’ve paid the Colorado Avalanche a first and third round pick as compensation if the Avs hadn’t matched the offer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames weren’t the only ones unaware of O’Reilly’s two KHL games, as apparently neither O’Reilly’s agent, the Avalanche or even the league was aware of it at the time. Flames GM Jay Feaster is downplaying this because the Avalanche matched the offer, but it was a near-fatal blunder on his part, and is being cited by his critics as a prime example why the Flames need a change in management.

TORONTO SUN: Rob Longley on why the Maple Leafs have so far been a model of consistency this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I do have some concerns over their defensive play of late, giving up nine goals in their last two games. Maybe just a short-term glitch.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Injured Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa has returned to practice but his return to game action remains uncertain.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators are hoping center Kyle Turris regains his scoring touch soon. Turris hasn’t scored in his last 17 games.

WINNIPEG SUN: Are the Jets for real this time?

LA PRESSE: Injured Canadiens forward Petteri Nokelainen returned to practice on Friday.


  1. Couple things that could have happened.

    1.) Maybe they listed the wrong O’rielly on the score sheet for those games? I think his brother was playing on the team? Not sure how likely that would be to happen.

    2.) His agent and him knew this and it was part of the plan to get another team to sign him to a deal like this to force the Av’s hand and ensure he is back playing in the NHL. The flames were desperate enough to bite.

    3.) Then again maybe feaster is looking to get fired.

    Either way apparently its a quick search online to find O’rielly played a couple games after the 19th so its pretty bad and pretty embarassing. It’s too bad the Av’s didn’t see this and let O’rielly go and get picked up by like columbus or something watch the flames just fall and start their rebuild riding theier first rounder to a top 5 pick.

  2. You’re right about the Leafs’ poor team defence lately. One thing that would help would be the return of Jake Gardiner, a very good puck-mover. Another would be to sit one or two of the fighters and create a stronger fourth line of skaters and checkers. The trend to give up too many goals needs to be stopped now.

    • Jake has not been the best down in the AHL just yet. He is still having off and on games and in my opinion is not the current solution.

  3. Knowing the CBA, both the old one and now the new one, is the job of the team’s lawyers and Feaster’s assistants but that being said, if the Avalanche did not match and the Flames did indeed lose O’Reilly to a faux pas of that magnitude it would have fallen squarely on the shoulders of the GM likely causing him in turn to fall on his sword.
    Luckily for Calgary the Avalanche matched the offer sheet and all of this goes away except for the amount of egg on the faces of the Flames brain trust.