NHL Canadian Corner – September 29, 2013.

The Maple Leafs ship Joe Colborne to Calgary, plus the latest on Jason Spezza, Carey Price, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Alex Edler and more.

Maple Leafs trade Joe Colborne to the Flames.

Maple Leafs trade Joe Colborne to the Flames.

TORONTO SUN/CALGARY SUN: The Maple Leafs last night dealt Joe Colborne to the Calgary Flames in exchange for a conditional pick in 2014. Colborne struggled to crack the Maple Leafs, but comes recommended by former Leafs GM Brian Burke, who’s now the Flames president of hockey operations. Colborne is also a native of Calgary.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the short term, this move allows the Leafs to become cap compliant, giving them around $383K in cap space. I suspect this also means veteran blueliner John-Michael Liles won’t be demoted after all. For the rebuilding Flames, Colborne provides an extra measure of depth and size at center. Going to the Flames could provide him the opportunity to establish himself as an NHL center.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: A “minor” groin sprain will forces Senators captain Jason Spezza to miss his club’s final preseason game today against the NY Islanders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No sense aggravating that injury on a meaningless game. It’s believed Spezza will be good to go for the Senators season opener later this week.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price says he enjoys working with the Habs new goalie coach Stephane Waite, who joined the club this summer following ten seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Waite is tasked with helping Price improve his performance consistency. if he’s successful, the Canadiens should be a lock for a playoff berth this season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Sidelined center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (shoulder) is working toward a November 1 return date.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks blueliner Alexander Edler seems to be finding his groove with the club’s new coaching staff.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Last season there was talk of Edler being traded, but if he’s rounding back into form under new head coach John Tortorella, it’s safe to say he won’t be moving.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are in no hurry to make their final roster cuts. The deadline for doing so is Monday afternoon.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Jets fans will be waiting to see if center Mark Scheifele and defenseman Jacob Trouba make the cut this season.


  1. Liles, or someone else, will still have to be dealt or demoted. With both clarkson and mclaren out of the line up they need to make room for I’m guessing ashton and bodie. Also need room for reilly as he is getting at least his 9 games. He has looked really good and would benefit from learning for the few games he can before going back to junior.

    • By dealing away colburn, I wonder who the number “5” center is… Like when one of the current four gets injured who do they have that can jump in to fill that player while hurt? I hope there is another trade for a center because if they weren’t thin then they most certainly are now.

      • Yes, I’ve said this before the leafs have plenty of depth on d but forward depth is definetly thin. Unfourtanetly colborne signed that one way contract and was either picked up on waivers or trade. The acquisition of bolland kind of pushed colborne aside. They do have a few bottom 6 wingers that could fill in but yes not to sure on the centre position.

        • Think there will be depth on forward tho Bodie Levio for a top 6 Devaine Ashton the aquisition of Raymond who could move up the line up and plug a Marlie in to the 3rd line spot Biggs could get a look a little thin on top 6 types but not too bad. Centers are hurting that is one of the main reasons (that and money) I was so pro trade Franson he could have helped fill another need.

      • Agreed with Ron, but really no different they have never had any center depth. Ive liked some of the things Nonis has done this off season but there were 2 glaring needs at the end of last year. Defense which you could argue seems improved this year with the performance of guys like McWilliam Percy Reilley in this years camp and adding Ranger it seems better then last year at anyrate (with the likes of Kostka and Holzer). Center depth is possibly worse then last year could be a big issue down the road especially with Bolland and his numerous injuries in the past.

  2. Oh and what a surprise spezza’s hurt

  3. So according to TSN Liles is now on waivers Even though he supposedly had a great pre-season. Anyone know how Liles limited no-trade applies to waivers?
    And after the hype of Colborne being such a solid prospect, Iwonder why the most the Leafs could get for him is a third if the conditions are met. Sort of think maybe he was over hyped a little…but easy to see why, just with his size….

    • Waivers is waivers…cant say he dosent want to go if someone picks him up its a limited ntc not a nmc. I dont think Ive heard anyone say he had a great camp, but he did look ok playing the Wings farm team last night….accept getting striped of the puck and letting a guy in by himself to score….lol

      • Who said he had a great pre season? He only played 3 games one of which was last night in what was basically an ahl line up for both teams…