NHL Canadian Corner – September 11, 2012.

No significant changes in goal expected for the Maple Leafs, Daniel Sedin not optimistic over CBA talks, Jordan Eberle tries to focus on upcoming season, Zach Bogosian’s injury leaves a big gap in the Jets defense, Erik Cole believes NHL set on a lockout, Jared Cowen prepared to play in AHL during a lockout, and Flames players pull out of team charity tournament.


Reimer to return as Leafs starter?

NATIONAL POST: Toronto Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke doesn’t think too highly of ESPN in the wake of its magazine ranking his club the worst in North American pro sports, and isn’t engaged in a “frantic search” for a goaltender, suggesting James Reimer and Ben Scrivens could be the Leafs goalie tandem to start this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Perhaps one advantage of a lockout is a new CBA might result in better goaltending options for the Leafs, as perhaps some teams might be forced to shed salaries.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Daniel Sedin isn’t optimistic over a new CBA being agreed upon before the expiration of the current one on Saturday.

EDMONTON SUN: Newly-resigned Oilers winger Jordan Eberle is prepared for the upcoming season, be it in the NHL or elsewhere in the event of a lockout.

 WINNIPEG SUN: Zach Bogosian’s wrist surgery leaves a gaping hole on the Jets blueline, but management hasn’t rushed out to bring in a potential short-term replacement via trade or free agency.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given the looming possibility of a lockout, there’s no reason for the Jets to try to find a short-term replacement for Bogosian now. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens forward Erik Cole offers up his take on the current NHL CBA situation, suggesting the Canadiens players could practice and train at the team’s facilities throughout a work stoppage if the PA’s efforts to prevent them from being locked out is successful.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Jared Cowen is prepared to play for the club’s AHL farm team if there’s a lockout.

CALGARY SUN: The Flames players have pulled out of a team charity golf tournament.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: While the reason given is the NHLPA has scheduled player meetings during the tournament and encouraging maximum participation, it’s not a smart PR move by the Flames players for all of them to skip the event.


  1. Did burke and the toronto maple leafs fan read the criterias for this poll, it seems a bit harsh, but for ticket prices, chances for playoffs, how the fans see there team, they might not be last but common the leafs have been hurting for a long time.

  2. I agree with Lyle, based just on perception, the Flames players do look bad, and the excuse is rather flimsy. At most there will 2 or 3 Flames reps at the meetings. That should not affect a charity event. The players have to be very careful because if they end up losing the PR battle they are truly lost….

  3. As for the Jets and Bogosian — since we are in for a long lockout… he won’t miss any games..

    As for the Flames… that looks awful…. that was for CHARITY.

    All of the NHL players right now….just pure greed… goes for the Owners as well.

    Alfie said in an Ottawa interview that neither side has shown their best hand yet.. but will probably do it next week or a few weeks later. Really?

    So both sides are going to let the lockout happen as they don’t want their best offer to be shown yet? They risk losing fans the second that lockout happens. This will be something both sides realize when they come back to a lot of empty seats in a lot of arenas. Players… your percentage — whatever it ends up being, is going to be on so much less revenue.. you have no idea. You are going to lose salary in a lockout and a throwing away money with less revenue when you return… You will not get any sympathy from this hockey fan.