NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, August 20, 2013.

Daniel Alfredsson skating with former Senators teammates, P.K. Subban’s workout routine, Nazem Kadri’s high sense of self-belief could be stalling contact talks with the Leafs, while Mark Scheifele hopes to make the Jets this season.

Erik Karlsson had no issue with Daniel Alfredsson participating in an informal Senators practice.

Erik Karlsson had no issue with Daniel Alfredsson participating in an informal practice with his former Sens teammates.

OTTAWA SUN: Former Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson raised some eyebrows yesterday by participating in an informal skate with his former Senators teammates, even wearing a Sens jersey. His former teammates, including Erik Karlsson, felt no animosity toward their former captain. 

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Wonder how long it takes for Senators owner Eugene Melnyk to try putting a stop to that.

TORONTO SUN: Steve Simmons thinks Nazem Kadri’s high self-belief could be stalling his contract talks with the Maple Leafs. It’s believed Kadri seeks “star money” on a long-term deal, and the two sides aren’t believed close to a new deal. Kadri had 44 points in 48 games last season, only three behind John Tavares and ahead of such notables as Anze Kopitar, Matt Duchene and David Krejci.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Working against Kadri is he’s coming off his entry-level contract, his big numbers came in a lockout-shortened season, his production fell off late in the season and he struggled in the playoff round against the Bruins . Kadri has no leverage here, so even if he stages a holdout, he’s going to lose.  I think he’ll have to accept a short-term contract (two-three years) for probably no more than $2.4 million per season.

SPORTSNET.CA: Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban recently posted a couple of his workout photos, which included doing chin-ups with 100-lb weights attached to his body.

TSN.CA: The Canadiens yesterday signed goaltender Dustin Tokarski to a one-year, two-way contract.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Mark Scheifele is focused on making the Jets this season.


  1. Wasn’t it a Steve Simmons article that also featured a photo of Kadri on the cover with a pacifier in his mouth a couple years back? What Simmons thinks and what is reality are as close to being the same as black is to white.

  2. Another one of Simmons I have nothing to write about so Ill just make something up, with nothing to support it articles…. Good news is this probably means Kadri will be signing in the next while.
    Eklund has better sources or credentials then Simmons anymore.

  3. Wow! Subban is a beast! Going for consecutive Norris trophies I guess. Also must want that Olympic spot badly. Guy is huge!

  4. I, for one, would welcome commentary from any knowledgeable person on the extent to which modern scientific approaches to resistive weight training, aerobic development, and nutrition have taken hold in the NHL.

  5. If contract talks are stalling and weighing on Kadri… why doesn’t he sign a 1 yr contract to prove what you saw last season.. is what you get? Would work for him in bigger dollars.. and a motivated Kadri could help the Leafs this season… much to my chagrin that is..