NHL Canadian Corner – September 30, 2013.

The effect of Joe Colborne’s arrival for the Flames, Jannik Hansen pleased with his new contract, Oilers name Andrew Ference their new captain, Morgan Rielly to open the season with the Leafs, and more.

CALGARY HERALD/CALGARY SUN: Calgary native Joe Colborne called the weekend trade which shipped him from the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Flames a “dream come true”. His arrival, however, could affect top prospect Sean Monahan’s hopes of cracking the roster this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Colborne provides the rebuilding Flames with another center with some NHL experience, which could result in Monahan being returned to his junior club this season.

VANCOUVER SUN/VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks winger Jannik Hansen called his new four-year, $10 million contract “exactly what I wanted”. The Canucks acquisitions of centers Zac Dalpe and Jeremy Welsh resulted in prospect center Bo Horvat being returned to his junior club. Fellow prospect Hunter Shinkaruk could also be returned to junior when the club makes its final cuts today.

Andrew Ference introduced as the Oilers new captain.

Andrew Ference introduced as the Oilers new captain.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers names defenseman Andrew Ference their new captain. Ference signed with the Oilers this summer as an unrestricted free agent.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Oilers coaching staff and management obviously felt Ference’s experience gave him the edge over younger Oilers Jordan Eberle and Taylor Hall.

TORONTO STAR: Youngsters Morgan Rielly and Carter Ashton may survive the Maple Leafs final cuts today.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Rielly had a strong camp, and the club’s anticipated demotion of John-Michael Liles opens up a roster spot for the young blueliner.

WINNIPEG SUN: The Jets are expected to demote defenseman Zach Redmond today.

OTTAWA SUN: The Senators dropped both their split-squad games to the New York Islanders.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: The Canadiens are working on their special team play.


  1. LMAO …returning Monohan and replacing him with Colborne is a mistake !!!

    Calgary is the perfect fit for JOE …he can grow there and be a good filler for the bottom 6 ..but you don’t replace Monohan with him !!

    Congratulations Andrew Ference…….good call….. Cup Winner !!!

  2. Was fairly surprised to see Ference named captain for the Oil over one of the younger players but it certainly isn’t a bad choice, he had been an A in Boston and most certainly will provide leadership that team needs moving forward.

    As for Monohan, gotta agree with Back Checking, from what I’ve seen I don’t see Colborne being a big improvement over him, hopefully he gets at least 9 games to see what he can do against other teams top end players.

  3. on most teams Ferrence would struggle to be in the top 4 but Edmonton’s D is so suspect he might be in the top pairing. when you see how disastrous things are up the middle for Edmonton you have to think the best thing to come out of this year for them is a good draft position. Kevin Lowe has guided them to mediocrity and insulated himself in the process, going forward Katz has to get rid of him as he’s just Daryl Sutter with better draft picks. Edmonton has some decent young players but the veterans they’ve surrounded them with don’t scare anyone (especially their “supposed” tough guy Eager). their biggest problem going forward is they can’t attract the kind of players they need to surround their “core” so they have to overpay for 2nd tier guys who aren’t quite good enough. the last time they did anything in the playoffs they had a nasty number one dman named Pronger and he only stayed one year before moving onto Anaheim (who won a Cup the first year they had him).they had to trade to get him and they might have to do that again which would mean giving up some of their core (you have to give to get quality players).