NHL Canadian Corner – September 4, 2014

Latest on Dion Phaneuf, Taylor Hall, Mark Giordano and Nick Bonino, plus updates on the Jets and Canadiens. 

Dion Phaneuf could change positions on the Leafs blueline.

Dion Phaneuf could move on the Leafs blueline.

TORONTO STAR: Maple Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf is willing to accept moving from the right side of the Leafs blueline to the left.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers winger Taylor Hall believes puck possession and battling hard are keys to his club’s success this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Careful, Taylor. Some folks consider talk of puck possession to be sacrilege…oh, wait, he’s not talking advanced stats…never mind. 

CALGARY HERALD: Flames captain Mark Giordano is anxious to see his club’s new additions in action this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Of their additions the most important could be goaltender Jonas Hiller, who brings experience between the pipes the Flames lacked last season. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Don’t call Nick Bonino the next Ryan Kesler.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bonino might not play the same style or have the same two-way skill level as Kesler, but I think Canucks fans will be pleased if he can provide offense to their second line. 

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have reached an agreement with their AHL farm team (Ice Caps) to keep the club in St. John’s through 2016.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It would be great if the Jets, or another NHL club, kept a permanent farm club in St. John’s. I lived there in the early ’90s when the Maple Leafs had their farm team there and it was a terrific hockey town. Very passionate hockey fans on the Rock, but geography makes it difficult to keep AHL or Junior A franchises there. 

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Rogers has announced a new TV package allowing Canadiens fans to watch all 82 regular-season games.