NHL Canadian Corner – Thursday, March 21, 2013.

Recaps of the Maple Leafs-Lightning and Sharks-Oilers games, plus the latest on Ondrej Pavelec, Jannik Hansen, Rene Bourque, Patrick Wiercioch and more.


Nikolai Kulemin (R) celebrates his goal with Nazem Kadri as the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 4-2.

Nikolai Kulemin (R) celebrates his goal with Nazem Kadri as the Maple Leafs beat the Lightning 4-2.

TORONTO STAR/TAMPA BAY TIMES: Nazem Kadri had three assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Earlier in the day, the Maple Leafs placed defenseman Mike Komisarek on waivers. If unclaimed, Komisarek is willing to report to the AHL’s Toronto Marlies.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering Komisarek has another year at a cap hit of $4.5 million remaining on his contract, I doubt there’ll be many takers. It’s a shame things worked out as they have for Komisarek. Injuries hampered his play, and his contract made him a target for criticism by Leafs fans.  I expect he’ll be bought out this summer, though it’ll be interesting to see if he becomes a compliance buyout (which won’t count against the Leafs cap) or, given he’s only got one year remaining on his contract, a regular buyout.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS/EDMONTON JOURNAL:  The Edmonton Oilers blew a 3-1 lead as the San Jose Sharks rallied to a 4-3 win in a shootout. Logan Couture and Tommy Wingels tallied in the third period to push the game into extra time, where Dan Boyle won it in the shootout.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Ondrej Pavelec’s strong performance of late has been a big factor in the Jets recent surge.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If the Jets are to clinch a playoff spot, Pavelec must keep bringing his “A” game for the rest of the season .

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward Jannik Hansen has improved his performance at both ends of the rink this season.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Rene Bourque (concussion) is nearing a return to the Canadiens lineup.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senator rookie blueliner Patrick Wiercioch has been stepping up as veterans are sidelined by injuries.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: His play of late is one reason why the injury-ravaged Senators remain in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race.

CALGARY HERALD: The Flames awful team defense (28th overall) is hurting their playoff chances.



    I can’t stand to watch Phil Kessel play one more shift !!!

    Will this guy ever try to bump a body or take evren a slight nudge in the corners to win the puck ….EVER !!!

    Phil ….take your stick and go play somewhere else……. PLEASE!!

    Ive been sticking up for you around the guys since youve been traded here ……but Iam jumping off the wagon ….you have a great shot….one of the best in the league …but thats where it stops ….try competeing for the puck and help you team !!

    Nonis this is your team now, make it so !

    Does JVR still play for the Leafs ???? LMAO

    Lupul will be the next Leaf Captain by April !!!

    I have a feeling that the leafs are trying to get either Roy ( STARS ) or Bolland ( Hawks ) and flip one of them to Vancouver for Luongo ….just a hunch as per the Rumours !!

    The Jets I believe have around 10 picks in the first 4 rounds of this years DEEP draft ….they might be able to move some picks along with Burmistrov to bring in quality player for some help for a playoff push !!

    • OH by the way ….what is the IRONY that the Leafs recall Jake Gardiner when every GM is in the building at the same time ……NONIS you are a sneaky one…. you!!!

      Good job!!

  2. @Backchecking
    Not sure if you saw my late post yesterday about Kiprusoff?

    I also mentioned I thought Marleau would be a nice addition. I can’t see him going anywhere until SJ drops completely out of the race.

    It’s funny how you feel the exact same way about Kessel as I do about Bozak.

  3. The Leafs sent Komi down for conditioning in case they make the playoffs. They will recall him as a seventh D man if they make the post season.

  4. Hey, guys, lots of games to watch – you don’t need to punish yourselves by watching the Leafs.
    Mike Komisarek has earned respect by his actions yesterday and here’s hoping he plays well enough with the Marlies to get back to the show.
    Could be the quietest trade dealine ever this year but the games over the next two weeks should be fun to watch.