NHL Lockout Canadian Corner – October 3, 2012.

Don Cherry criticizes Maple Leafs’ handling of Nazem Kadri, Ryan Kesler continues to be paid during lockout, Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth skating with Edmonton Oil Kings, Andrei Markov latest Hab to head overseas, Canadian NHL teams hit hardest in lockout losses, and a brief profile of Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod.

TORONTO STAR: Hockey Night in Canada personality Don Cherry lashed out recently at the Toronto Maple Leafs for what he perceives as the club’s poor handling of prospect Nazem Kadri.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: An opinion shared by a number of Leafs fans. I have a feeling that, whenever the NHL returns to action, Kadri could end up traded.

VANCOUVER SUN: Injured Canuck Ryan Kesler continues to be paid by the team, as he’s recuperating from off-season surgeries to repair injuries he suffered last season.

Ryan Smyth & Taylor Hall skate with Oil Kings during lockout.

EDMONTON SUN: Locked-out Oilers Taylor Hall and Ryan Smyth are skating with the Oil Kings during their practices.

CANOE.CA: Andrei Markov is the latest locked-out member of the Montreal Canadiens to head overseas, signing a deal with Vityaz Chekhov of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL)

TORONTO SUN: Canadian NHL teams are the clubs feeling the effects of the lockout most.

CALGARY HERALD: A brief profile of Flames assistant GM John Weisbrod.


  1. The Canadian clubs are not being hit any harder than the American ones. They say Canadian clubs revenue losses accounts for 20% of the league total. But the 7 Canadian teams comprise 23% of league. By that math the American clubs would actually be hurting more.

    • Yes, but when you talk about the Canadian cities around it as well they will be hurting more. Unlike American cities, most Canadian cities only have the NHL to rely on as their big draw sports revenue and many business rely on the NHL. Also, you are looking at your math very wrong.

      • The article was discussing the clubs, not the cities.

  2. As I stated previously, something is definetly wrong with how Toronto is handling Kadri.
    First, as in all potential draft picks they study not only the kid’s potential but along with that also his personality and as usual his genetics by seeing how and when his father, uncle, brothers got their growth spurts and how they filled out height and weight wise, then on the Leafs first round and seventh pick overall the brain trust decided that Kadri was the best bet to help the team.
    After being picked and showing that he could put up decent numbers in the AHL the Leafs call him up and give him some time in the NHL, where he scores on a projected 18 to 20 goal pace (5 goals in 22 games) and then they send him down with Wilson’s words, he can’t or won’t backcheck, echoing in his ears and this from a coach of a team that didn’t have but one or two players who could or would backcheck.
    Now we hear that he is too skinny to play in the NHL and is not in good shape body fat wise and this after completing a summer of Gary Roberts physical training and diet, which is probably the toughest and yet best training regimine around. I know that Burke and the Leafs have had some issues with Roberts and visa versa but that’s no reason to toss this kid under the proverbial Greyhound.
    With this kind of negative press could Burke be softening the blow for when Kadri is included in the Luongo trade? Stranger things have happened when Burke starts to feel the wolves at his heals.
    Either way, and while I am not a big Don Cherry fan, I congratulate him on coming out and defending the kid. Not only did he defend Kadri but he called out Burke and the Leafs management for putting together a blueprint on how not to develop a (or any) draft picks as well as how not to develop a winning team. Good for Cherry.