NHL Lockout Canadian Corner – September 19, 2012.

Updates on the Maple Leafs, Senators, Oilers, Canadiens, Flames and Canucks.


Leafs GM Burke responds to criticism from his former goalie coach.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke responded to criticisms of the Leafs organization by former team goalie coach Francois Allaire, acknowledging there was interference from the staff over Allaire’s coaching, but  it was done because his style was “out of date”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Burke didn’t appear to have any problem with Allaire’s style when the coach faced criticism for the Leafs struggling goaltending over the past couple of years. I think if Allaire hadn’t gone public with his criticism of the organization, Burke wouldn’t have responded as he did. Sadly, this is just another chapter in the long, sad soap opera that is the Toronto Maple Leafs.

 OTTAWA SUN: Senators defenseman Chris Phillips is pondering a charity game involving locked out Senators and Maple Leafs.

EDMONTON SUN: Nail Yakupov’s agent Igor Larionov denies reports claiming the IIHF is blocking his client’s attempts to return to the KHL during the lockout, suggesting the delay is merely clerical, given the high number of locked out NHL players currently heading to Europe.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That jibes with a statement from an IIHF press agent, who responded to a recent report suggesting the organization wouldn’t issue international transfer cards to locked out players. That led to speculation the NHL was trying to block attempts by its locked out players to play in Europe this season, but it appears the problem is merely administrative.

CANOE.CA: Canadiens defenseman Yannick Weber is returning to Switzerland, where he’ll play out the lockout for Genève-Servette HC..

CALGARY HERALD: Several Flames, including defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, plus Washington Capitals’ Jeff Schultz and Karl Alzner, and UFA Brendan Morrison,  were working out at Winsports Ice Complex in Calgary. Jarome Iginla ,Mikael Backlund and Sven Baertschi skated there earlier in the day.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Flames players, like the rest of their NHLPA brethren, aren’t allowed to use their respective team’s practice facilities and have to find other options.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks defenseman Dan Hamhuis is using the lockout to work on his skating.


  1. Its sad when egos take over judgement.
    Based on what I had read before, Allaire’s three year contract had expired this spring and he was offered an extension which obviously he didn’t take. Why would one offer an extension to someone and then publicly bash them? Using Burke’s own words:

    ” We’ve seen this movie before” – a la Ron Wilson saga.

  2. Might be a good movie then?
    But I think Burke is right. I mean all these guys in the NHL make such a big deal with teammanship and a tight knit family that it’s no wonder that if I member is disgruntled that if they wish to leave don’t air out your grievances in public. I think that’s why Burke had to slam him back. Also there’s been no secret that many in Toronto, fans, media, etc that was questioning Allaire’s effectiveness for over a year now.
    I think that maybe there is truth to the notion of the standard butterfly might need to evolve since the game itself has…like even the way teams are structured are different now than they used to be.

  3. We haven’t even missed training camp yet, and the NHLPA is drawing some major criticism from former members. Mike Modano said that sitting out the entire 2004-05 season was a mistake. As such, he recommends the players find a way to get a deal done before they go through the same thing. “It’s money you feel you never get back. At some point, we were sold a bill of goods by the Union,” Modano said. “Everybody was buying it. Everybody thought, ‘Let’s not let each other down. Let’s do it for the future of the game. Blah, blah, blah.’ You’re only in the game so long.” Dave Andreychuk has said the NHLPA should sign a deal as soon as possible “in the end, it will only be worse”. And then there is Bill Guerin who said about the 2004-05 lockout, “burning a year was just ridiculous”. These are players who have been through this, who were high profile in the NHLPA, and I have to wonder if the next generation is willing to listen. Then there are players like Domenic Pittis who lost his job in Switzerland as teams are looking for high profile NHLers to fill their rosters. There is that brotherhood in action again.

    • The next generation seems to rarely be willing to listen.

  4. I think torontos goaltending issues have more to do with the guy in the equipment not having top end talent at the NHL level.