NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, July 7, 2013

Jaromir Jagr flirts with the Canadiens again, a call for Jason Spezza to become the new Senators captain, Dion Phaneuf gets married, six center the Calgary Flames should pursue, plus updates on the Canucks, Jets and Oilers.

TVASPORTS: Louis-Andre Lariviere reports Jaromir Jagr’s agent, Petr Svoboda, claims his client has always wanted to play in Montreal. Jagr is an unrestricted free agent and is currently seeking a one-year contract.

SPECTOR’ S NOTE: Jagr to Montreal would be a great idea…five years ago. Yes, I know, he’ll be reunited with his Czech league linemate Tomas Plekanec, but with all due respect, playing in that league isn’t the same as playing in the NHL.  Jagr’s clearly slowed, and  I don’t believe he is a good fit for the Habs over an 82-game schedule.  Jagr in his prime was one of the greatest players I ever saw and I have lots of respect for his career accomplishments, but he’s not that great player anymore. Signing him now in hopes for glimpses of “the old magic” won’t address the Canadiens needs.

The next captain of the Senators?

The next captain of the Senators?

OTTAWA SUN: Don Brennan makes the case for Jason Spezza to become the next captain of the Senators.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay the club’s management and coaching staff feels the same way.

TORONTO STAR: Rosie DiManno with lengthy coverage of Dion Phaneuf’s marriage to Elisha Cuthbert.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Yes, I noted their wedding yesterday as well, but it makes a nice break from all the chatter over how the Leafs overpaid for David Clarkson and Tyler Bozak and the debate over how Leafs coach Randy Carlyle managed/mismanaged Mikhail Grabovski’s ice time.

CALGARY SUN: Randy Sportak lists Chicago’s Marcus Kruger, Colorado’s Paul Stastny, St. Louis’ David Perron, and Philadelphia’s Sean Couturier, along with UFAs Damien Brunner and Peter Mueller, as six centers the Flames should pursue.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: They stand a better chance of landing Brunner or Mueller. I don’t believe the Blackhawks or Flyers wish to part with Kruger and Couturier, and recent reports out of Colorado claim the Avs new management wish to keep Stastny. Perron might be available, but only if they need to shed salary to re-sign Alex Pietrangelo and Chris Stewart. 

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks have signed forward Mike Santorelli.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have signed defenseman Adam Pardy.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The Oilers have signed Ryan Jones to a one-year contract.


  1. Not sure I agree about Jagr. He still puts up okay numbers and I hear lots of chatter from Pierre McGuire in particular how he is great in the room and makes the team, especially the young guys, better with his leadership. Jagr on a one year deal might be a plus. That said, the money has to be right, like less than Briere, and if Gionta is moved on (tough to do) Jagr would be a good replacement for Gios leadership.

  2. Jagr would be effective on the 2nd-3rd line with Gallagher and Galchenyuk, and on the PP. just depends on the money. He isn’t worth a low risk 4.5 million. 3 million? Now I’m considering it because the team is pretty much set for this yeah. So your just adding solid locker room presence who likes his current roles and can share some experience and help the young players.

    I think the D would be an issue, but outside of Scuderi there was no FA D worth getting.

    3 million Jagr :)
    4-4.5 million Jagr :(

    • It’s only a one year contract, so there’s no reason to care about the money unless it puts a team in a cap situation so they can’t make moves they’d otherwise do.

  3. I agree with Habsfan, Montreal would need to unload Gionta for Jagr to make sense.

    Who would take the aging injury-prone diminutive winger?

    Maybe Nashville?

    Habs lines if that miracle were to occur…




    • pac pelk jagr
      gagne briere bour
      gal eller gall
      moen prust parros

      trade gio and desh

  4. Trading Gio AND Desharnais would truly be a miracle, especially if they then sign Jagr for a year at 3.5m or less on a 1 year deal. They could then re-sign Halpern for cheap (.700 was his salary last year) and re-sign White and Dumont at their offer sheets to fill out the forwards.

    On D, I still noticed that Douglas Murray was still available. I know he’s a pylon speedwise, but he is huge and bruising and would not look out of place on a 3rd pairing, especially since Emelin will be out until early December realistically. Does anyone know what his asking price would be?

  5. jagr is a spent force: Did nothing in the playoffs for the much despised Bruins. If you are going to have a forward with limited productivity doesn’t it make sense to employ a young player rather than a 40 year old?

  6. Really? Are you having a good laugh about PK or Price? Or MaxPac? Or Galchenyuk?

    The Hockey News gave the Habs an “A” for this year’s draft, and a couple of years ago rated them in the top three for young prospects.