Five things to watch in today’s Canada-USA semifinal, plus updates on the seven Canadian NHL teams as they return to practice.

Canada and the United States meet today in the semifinal of the Olympic men's hockey tournament.

Canada and the United States meet today in the semifinal of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament.

CBC.CA: Mike Brophy lists five things to look for in today’s Canada-USA semifinal.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The big question: Will Canada get more from their offense? Because if they don’t, they’ll be playing for bronze on Saturday while the Americans play for gold on Sunday.

TORONTO SUN: Maple Leafs center Dave Bolland could be ready to return in the Leafs first post-Olympics game on February 26.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If so the Leafs might not have to go shopping for depth at forward by the trade deadline.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens forward Alex Galchenyuk (broken right hand) has returned to practice with the Canadiens and should be close to returning to the lineup.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks forward David Booth is hoping for a strong finish to this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Canucks need Booth to regain his scoring touch if they’re to remain in playoff contention.

CALGARY SUN: Flames center Mikael Backlund hopes to pick up where he left off before the Olympic break, when he was among the club’s best players.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I believe Backlund’s performance over the past couple of months ensures he still has a future in Calgary.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Jets coach Paul Maurice will wait until the end of this season before deciding if he’ll sign a new contract, as he wishes to consult his family.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering how much the Jets have improve since Maurice took over in mid-January, management is keen to retain him. I’ll be very surprised if Maurice doesn’t re-sign.

EDMONTON SUN: Oilers coach Dallas Eakins hopes to keep practices interesting through the rest of the Olympic break.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators yesterday took their practice to an outdoor rink.

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3 Responses to NHL Olympic Canadian Corner – February 21, 2014

  1. Shticky says:

    Paul holding out for more money? No way he doesnt sign an extension, should be happy he got another shot being an nhl head coach. Whats he going to do be on the panel again? Coach in the KHL perhaps?

    • JJB says:

      He has made a lot of money in his career and may not like being in Winnipeg or his family may not want to move there, I can respect that decision if he is debating to move his family there and continue coaching or call it a career.

      • Reuben says:

        I can’t remember exactly what it was but it was mentioned before that his kids are going into high school and various other factors, and I believe he mentioned the superstition of signing an extension during the season and that most coaches go on a losing streak after. But overall he seems to be working well with the team and liking it, and the direction the franchise is going in.

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