NHL Canadian Corner – September 7, 2012.

Canucks charity golf tournament to include Roberto Luongo, Ales Hemsky talks about his lockout plans, PK Subban works with underprivileged kids, Senators GM Murray discusses his lockout game plan, Jets issue statement to its season-ticket holders, and ESPN The Magazine tabs the Maple Leafs with a dubious honor.

VANCOUVER SUN: The Vancouver Canucks have invited all its players – including Roberto Luongo – to take part in the annual Jake Milford golf tournament.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Luongo and Canucks management may be keen for a trade, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for the club not to include him in a team event while he’s still part of the roster.

Hemsky could play in Czech Republic during a lockout.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Oilers forward Ales Hemsky says if a possible NHL lockout extends a month beyond the September 15th expiry date of the current CBA, he’ll return to the Czech Republic and play there until a new deal is implemented.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It wouldn’t surprise me if a number of NHLers who intend to play overseas in the event of a lockout might follow Hemsky’s timeline.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has been working with underprivileged kids “as a spokesman for Hyundai Hockey Helpers, a new program designed to help under-resourced youngsters deal with the rising cost of minor hockey.”

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators GM Bryan Murray is planning for a late start to the upcoming season. He also said he has no further plans to sign players before the current CBA expires, but said a couple of players could be signed to extensions once a new CBA is implemented.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have issued a statement to its season-ticket holders regarding its plans for a possible lockout.

NBC SPORTS PRO HOCKEY TALK: ESPN The Magazine lists the Toronto Maple Leafs as the worst team in pro sports in its “Ultimate Team” standings.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No comment from Leafs management, not that one is expected. OK, Leafs fans, what do you think? Are the Leafs deserving of that dubious honor, or are there other NHL teams more deserving?


  1. Considering the Leafs still have the second most cups of any team–although the longest drought–I find it hard to believe they’re the worst team in “pro sports”. But, I guess they’re an easy target and ESPN doesnt have the balls to call out real suckers (Lions, Argos, Raptors, etc)

    • The Argos are a pro sports team?

    • Considering the Leafs still have the second most cups of any team–although the longest drought–I find it hard to believe they’re the worst team in “pro sports”.

      I think it is more of ” have you done lately?”

      It wasn’t a, which franchise has been most successful list. Gotta stop saying, we suck now and for the last while, but we used to be the best- see all our (old) banners. It is almost like Greece saying we used to be a super power so we want to be looked at as having the same influence and power as the USA, China, Russia, etc… now.

      Just about everyone from anyother place in Canada likes to pile on the Leafs, but the game would be healthier with a healthier Leafs franchise. I don’t think they are the worst franchise in pro-sports, what about the Cubs?

  2. i’m a Leafs fan and they have been bad for a long time but the Washington Redskins are a pretty bad team under Daniel Snider. The Raiders also suck!

  3. ESPN for hockey news? They know as much about hockey as they know about baking a cake.