Analysis of Canada’s semifinal victory over the United States, plus the latest news from the seven Canadian NHL teams.

Carey Price stones Paul Stastny in Canada's 1-0 win over the United States.

Carey Price stones Paul Stastny in Canada’s 1-0 win over the United States.

THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Eric Duhatschek with analysis on Canada’s 1-0 victory over the United States in Olympic semifinal action on Friday. Canada will face Sweden on Sunday in the gold medal game.

VANCOUVER SUN: Canucks captain Henrik Sedin (rib injury) and defenseman Kevin Bieksa (foot fracture) returned to practice yesterday. Both will be back in the lineup when the NHL schedule resumes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That’s good news for the Canucks, who hope to reverse a stretch which saw them win only four of their last 20 games before the Olympic break.

WINNIPEG SUN: It’s the all-round play of Jets captain Andrew Ladd which make him invaluable to his club.

NATIONAL POST: Former Toronto Maple Leafs forward Leo Komarov hopes to return to the Leafs after this season. Komarov headed to the KHL after failing to reach an agreement on a new contract with the Leafs last summer.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs could use Komarov’s energy and grit. I believe they would’ve been better off re-signing Komarov to an affordable extension last summer rather than wasting money signing David Clarkson.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Ageing Oilers forward Ryan Smyth is using his smarts and experience to off-set his fading skills.

LA PRESSE: Montreal Canadiens defenseman Francis Bouillon believes he’s got a couple of NHL seasons left in his 38-year-old body.

CALGARY SUN: Flames forward Joe Colborne was honored by the Alberta town where he played his junior hockey.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: The Senators have upped the intensity of their practices as the end of the Olympic break draws near.

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6 Responses to NHL Olympic Canadian Corner – February 22, 2014

  1. John says:

    Crosby has one more team award that ov can’t get because he does not put the team first.

  2. Ron Moore says:

    ‘SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Leafs could use Komarov’s energy and grit. I believe they would’ve been better off re-signing Komarov to an affordable extension last summer rather than wasting money signing David Clarkson.’

    Oh Spec komarov isn’t/wasn’t a good’o’canadian boy from Torano, eh. I’m hoping komarov joins the leafs once his season is done in the KHL. Since the leafs own his rights I’m wondering if he could be able to join the team as long as they get him under the cap and make space for him? That would be a nice pickup that won’t cost an asset.

  3. BCLeafFan says:

    Would love to see Komarov come back. Wouldn’t mind seeing Clarkson play well down the stretch either.

    • Leafs24/7 says:

      Don’t see why Komarov can’t come in at the deadline. If the Leafs move Kuli then it opens up cap room and space.

      I enjoyed watching the Canadians man handle the US and make Kessel a non-factor. I told my buddy if the Canadians hit Kessel a couple times and push him to the outside against the boards he will be a non-factor because he will not go to the net if he is fearful which is exactly what they did. I told him once Kessel is made a non-factor then JVR will not be able to pick up any garbage in front or deflect any of Kessels shots. Being a Leaf fan it was a pretty easy scouting assessment on how to defend against that line. LOL

      • Lyle Richardson says:

        Komarov would have to pass through waivers if the Leafs sign him now. He’s under a KHL contract, and once he played one KHL game during the NHL season, it made him waiver-eligible.

  4. Leafs24/7 says:

    Figured there might be a catch otherwise there might be a flood of players from over seas come playoff time

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