NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, July 16, 2013.

The latest on Evander Kane, Chris Tanev, Eric Belanger, Blake Geoffrion and more.

Evander Kane expects full recovery from ankle surgery before training camp.

Evander Kane expects full recovery from ankle surgery before training camp.

WINNIPEG SUN: Jets star Evander Kane was a guest coach at yesterday’s Jets development camp where he also tested his left ankle, which had nerve release surgery last month. He expects to be ready for training camp in September.

VANCOUVER SUN: Contracts talks between the Canucks and defenseman Chris Tanev have proceeded “without urgency” according to his agent. Tanev is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Former Oilers center Eric Belanger has signed a one-year contract to play in Yekaterinburg, Russia, in the Kontinental Hockey League. The Oilers recently bought out the remainder of Belanger’s contract.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Blake Geoffrion has been forced to retire as a result of a skull fracture suffered last fall during the lockout in an AHL game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Geoffrion is only 25. His NHL career is over before it really began.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs new boss Tim Leiweke has mapped out his team’s Stanley Cup parade route in Toronto.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like Leiweke saw those sarcastic tweets following the Leafs recent signing of David Clarkson (“Great, start planning the Cup parade”) and took them seriously. OK, simmer down, Leafs fans, just making a little joke there.


  1. Sad to hear about baby boom boom. I liked what I saw when he suited up for the Habs and had some 3rd/2nd line hopes in him. Hope he doesn’t have life long effects from his brain injury and surgery. Best wishes Blake!

  2. Only in Toronto.. I hope he was joking…

    • Sadly, not only in toronto. I remember a few years back when the Canucks made it passed the second round and SNpac had a poll asking fans which of 3 Stanley Cup parade route was best. Then the Canucks lost the very next series.