NHL Canadian Corner – September 12, 2013.

The latest on the Sedins, Erik Karlsson, Jake Gardiner, Mark Giordano, Alex Galchenyuk, Linus Omark and more.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: cited a “tweet” from TSN’s Darren Dreger claiming the Sedin twins and Canucks management will get down to negotiating new contracts today. The Sedins are eligible to become UFAs next summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Both sides appear keen to get a deal done, with an eye on having new contracts in place by the season-opener next month.

No captaincy for Karlsson.

No captaincy for Karlsson.

OTTAWA SUN: Senators coach Paul MacLean ruled out Erik Karlsson as a candidate for the team captaincy, suggesting at this stage in Karlsson’s career it’s a little too early.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s widely assumed Jason Spezza will be the next Senators captain.

TORONTO STAR: Damien Cox speculates defenseman Jake Gardiner could be next summer’s version of Nazem Kadri for the Maple Leafs.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’ll depend on Gardiner’s performance and the Leafs cap space next summer. The good news is, if the cap increases as expected to $70 million, the Leafs will have $35 million in cap space. Re-signing or replacing notables like Phil Kessel, Dion Phaneuf and James Reimer could take a big bite out of that cap space, but should leave enough (barring pursuit of more expensive UFAs next summer) for Gardiner.

CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: George Johnson makes the case for Mark Giordano as the next captain of the Calgary Flames. Randy Sportak reports Giordano has Mike Cammalleri’s vote.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Giordano seems the best choice to captain the rebuilding Flames.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens “Gallys” – Brendan Gallagher and Alexander Galchenyuk – are confident they’ll avoid the dreaded “sophomore slump”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If they do, it’l provide a significant boost to the Canadiens playoff hopes.

EDMONTON JOURNAL/EDMONTON SUN: Denis Grebeshkov and Linus Omark are making their returns to the Oilers.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets coach Claude Noel wants his club to get tougher this season.


  1. Leafs d group will look a lot different next year. I would be very surprised if phanuef was there past christmas. He’ll be to expensive for his talent to re-sign. Depending on how this franson thing plays out could have a group of gardiner, franson, fraser, granberg, percy, reilly coming into next year.

    • That would be terrible.

      • How would that be terrible. You’d have a mix of guys offensive and defensive. All the are mobile which I don’t know if you watched the 2013 playoffs but mobility is a nessecity for the nhl. Fraser, granberg and Percy are all good defensively and bring a element of physicality. Like it or not they are gong to continue to get younger as most. Of their higher end players are young and developing. Everyone says build through the draft, the drafted players do play at some point.

        • None of them are ready or even close to being ready to play 25 mins a night. Dions stride looks a little funny or lumbering, but to say he isnt mobile is a bit of an exaggeration. Dion hits hard and lots, this is due to power in his legs he is not overly large. The Leafs are in alot of trouble if Gardiner and Franson are going to play over 25 minutes a night (both make just as many mistakes in their own end if not more than Dion while playing less minutes) and Riley has yet to play an NHL game, the defence corps does have alot of good looking potential but its still a year or 2 away.

          • I do agree that they will need or get playing time but it will come at the expense of guys like Ranger Liles Fraser perhaps Franson and Gunnarson not their best D. That is probably one of the reasons you see guys like them being signed for shorter term type contracts. I have a feeling Dion will be resigned, but if he is moved the only way I can see it happening is if they are out of the race at the deadline as a rental.