NHL Canadian Corner – Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The latest on P.K. Subban, Carey Price, Zach Bogosian, Bryan Little, Dustin Byfuglien, and more.

Has P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy?

Has P.K. Subban won the Norris Trophy?

LA PRESSE: Marc Antoine Godin reports Sportnet analyst Nick Kypreos yesterday cited sources claiming Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban has won the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenseman.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No word from the NHL, which plans to announce its award winners during the opening two games of the Stanley Cup Final. If Subban has won the Norris, he and his agent will seek a considerable raise from the Habs above the $2.875 million annual cap hit he’s making on his current two year deal when they next sit down with the Canadiens to negotiate a new contract. Those talks could start this summer.

CBC.CA: Former Montreal Canadiens goalie coach Roland Melanson believes Montreal goalie Carey Price’s performance deteriorated after Melanson left the team. The Canadiens recently fired goaltending coach Pierre Groulx, whom Melanson blamed for allowing Price to develop bad habits.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I daresay that’s why the Canadiens recently let Groulx go. No word yet on his replacement.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: The Jets have begun contract talks with Zach Bogosian and Bryan Little. Gary Lawless, meanwhile, cites a rumor Dustin Byfuglien’s weight grew to 302 lbs by the end of this season, which would make Byfuglien “virtually untradeable”. A Jets spokesman said the team never comments on rumors started on Twitter. Lawless believes Jets management needs to reach the defenseman and get him into better shape and playing a more disciplined game.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Byfuglien has three more seasons at $5.75 million per remaining on his contract, and was inconsistent ( in part due to injuries) last season, which had Lawless stumping for the Jets to trade him. While I don’t doubt there’s unhappiness among the Jets front office over Byfuglien’s play, I’m not convinced they’re ready to give up and try to move him yet. I do agree, however, that if Byfuglien’s conditioning is the issue, he and the Jets coaching staff must work together to find a way to improve it.

SPORTSNET.CA: Mark Spector approves of the Edmonton Oilers hiring of Dallas Eakins as head coach, believing it signals the end of their recent dysfunction.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Time will tell. In the meantime, new GM Craig MacTavish can help Eakins by bolstering their defense, checking lines and backup goaltending.

TORONTO SUN: The Maple Leafs are now considering their options to replace Eakins as coach of the Marlies.

VANCOUVER SUN: Elliott Pap has a “betting man’s guide” to the Canucks search for a new head coach, with Kings assistant coach John Stevens considered the favorite.


  1. LOL – Jets should trade Byfuglien to the Oilers. Eakins will take him from 302 pounds down to 203 pounds by the first exhibition game!

    Here are my Head Coach Replacement predictions:

    First off when I heard Eakins was a candidate for Associate Coach in Edmonton, I balked. He had basically been there done that. I said he would be the ideal Head Coach. Listening to MacTavish being interviewd at the combines confirmed my thinking, and voila!

    I think Alain Vigneault goes to the Rangers, Lindy Ruff goes to Dallas, and Paul Maurice goes to the Canucks. Ruff is used to coaching in a smaller market and gets the best results out of non star ( no pun intended) / journeyman players. Vigneault can coach the uptempo style Sather wants, but will also inherit and be given the added toughness he never got in Vancouver. Plus, he can handle the media spotlight, and the players like a professional. Maurice can coach uptempo Vancouver hockey and can also handle the media. If Gillis was looking at hiring Eakins, perhaps he should look at one of his greatest mentors ( according to Eakins) in Paul Maurice.

  2. agree with everything you said murph

  3. Harsh words from Rollie the goalie. They may ring true for the end of this year, but not the start when price looked unreal.

    Subban: 8yrs at 6.5 mill. Richest contract in Habs history will work for the ego and the cap.

    I think Ruff wants the rangers spotlight, Alain V seems like a fit for the Stars, to me anyways. Vancouver will want high profile so Torts or Ruff could end up there.

    Hey Lyle, got a trade idea and I was wondering if you could provide a opinion on whether it was considerable. (I know other guys will flame me up, but I’m feeling thick skinned today haha). So you think the Panthers would trade the #2 pick to the Canadiens for: Pleks, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Kristo, Patryn? Or sub out Pleks for Eller? Or do you think that we would have to have Beaulieu in the mix? Just been pitching this to some buddies and other places and seem to get split reactions. Just curious what you think?

    • I don’t see any of what you’re envisioning having any interest to the Panthers.

    • I’ve been thinking the same thing concerning Pleks. Room needs to eventually be made on the top 2 lines for Chucky to play center. Not sure Florida bites though. But I do see Plekanec moving before the start of the 2014 season, if not next year. His high trade value cannot be ignored.
      As for your proposal, I think it is too much, 3 picks and all those players? I doubt Bergevin would even think of it…

  4. As far as all the coaching moves are concerned, I think Vigneault is waiting to see what happens in Pittsburgh…