NHL Canadian Corner – Sunday, June 2, 2013.

June could be a very busy month for the Vancouver Canucks, Ryan Jones’ future with the Oilers in doubt, another team interested in Maple Leafs minor league coach, and the Jets sign one prospect and release another.

Canucks must resolve Luongo situations soon.

Canucks must resolve Luongo situation soon.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Jason Botchford believes this month will be crucial for Canucks management in its efforts to fix the club’s roster issues, which includes hiring a new coach, as well as trading or buying out Roberto Luongo, Keith Ballard and David Booth.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Obviously the Canucks front office would prefer trading players to buying them out, even on compliance buyouts, but they might not have much choice in this situation. I doubt there’s much of a market for Ballard and Booth, and to trade Luongo could mean picking up part of his salary and/or taking a toxic contract back in return, which they would have to buy out. The Canucks need cap space if they’re to bolster their scoring and checking lines. Contract buyouts could be their best option.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jonathan Willis wonders if UFA winger Ryan Jones has played his final game with the Oilers.

TSN.CA: The Dallas Stars have received permission from the Toronto Maple Leafs to speak with Toronto Marlies coach Dallas Eakins.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks were also interested in Eakins as their new coach, but I think he might be a better fit with a rebuilding club like the Stars.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets agreed to contract terms with Austen Brassard but parted ways with Zach Yuen.


  1. Gillis has certainly put his stamp on the Canucks with the big contracts he’s traded for in Ballard and Booth. to be fair when they got Ballard they had no idea they’d be able to land Hamuis after he’d turned down the Flyers and Penguins, they were in desperate need of a dman and the price didn’t seem too high at the time (Bernier managed to resurect his career as a 4th liner with New Jersey but Florida washed him out of there almost immediately, Grabner was a guy with wheels who wouldn’t drive to the net and Florida also waived him immediately and he managed to stick with the Islanders, as for the late 1st round pick Quinton Howden has yet to make much of an impression in the NHL). Booth on the other hand has been useless from the moment he got here, he was billed as a power forward but he’s a perimeter player at best, selfish with the puck and not so concerned with defence, in my opinion he should be the guy Vancouver buys out. i still think there’s a market for Luongo and Ballard although they may have to pick up part of Ballard’s salary to get a deal done. if the rumor that’s been gaining momentum is true then Luongo may go to the Islanders for DePietro and a couple of high end prospects with the Canucks using one of their buyouts on DePietro. if they can get a good enough return for Edler then they should move him too but not before they resign Tanev & Alberts. if Vancouver is able to get themselves a decent 3rd line center cheap enough then they should focus on trying to sign Iginla as Pittsburgh & Boston will both be hard pressed to come up with the cash to sign him, he’d be a 50 goal man again with the Sedins setting him up and would be invaluable in showing Kassian how a true power forward plays.

  2. Can we please trade Botchford as well!

  3. Heh, with some of the gifts that the penguins have set iginla up with that he’s missed I’m not so sure he’d be a 40 goal man with the Sedins.

  4. Lyle, after all, everything indicates that firing Burke was the wrong decision, agree or disagree? I know the team lost to Boston but the Bruins won a Stanley Cup. You can’t underestimate the hearts of champions so maybe Toronto’s loss should be viewed simply as a typical Bruin victory. It needs to be attributed to the Bruins’ dominance, versatility, depth and ability than anything else. The Leafs didn’t collapse, they were truly helpless. The Bruins simply did what they always do to teams when they are confident, they destroy them. They are doing it to the current Stanley Cup favorites and former champions. I am not suggesting that the Leafs are anywhere near the Pens, but they are better than everyone thought they were. Burke built the strongest and deepest organization from top to bottom, on and off the ice, that he possibly could for Toronto. It seems to me Kessel validated himself in these playoffs and the trade is revealing itself to be a fair one. Burke made some mistakes sure, who doesn’t. That being said, he did more tons more good than harm. I think he will never receive all the credit he deserves for making miracles with the turd of a hockey club that he inherited. The reason I am bringing this up is because I think that Eakins making it to the Big Time is yet another testament to Burke and his people’s ability to build strong franchises.