NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Friday, May 10, 2013.

Canucks GM vows changes are coming for his club this summer, Canadiens and Senators coaches bury the hatchet, Wendel Clark defends Dion Phaneuf, and more.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis promises change for his club this summer.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis promises change for his club this summer.

VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Canucks GM Mike Gillis vows to hit the “re-set” button for his club, which suffered its second straight first round playoff exit. Speculation abounds Alain Vigneault could lose his job as head coach.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I’ve already detailed the changes I believe could happen for the Canucks in my Soapbox. There’s ongoing trade, buyout and free agent speculation about them in my Rumors section. Expect the Canucks to  be prominent in this summer’s rumor mill.

OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators head coach Paul MacLean and Canadien bench boss Michel Therrien had grudging words of respect for each other following the end of the often-nasty Senators-Canadiens series last night.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Dave Stubbs points out the Canadiens, despite their disappointing playoff series against Ottawa, have a bright future.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Considering the Habs finished dead last in the Eastern Conference last season, the fact they finished second overall and clinched the playoffs when many experts wrote them off this season is significant improvement. Lars Eller had a breakout performance, rookies Alexander Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher were pleasant surprises, and PK Subban had a Norris-contending season.  Lots to build on for next season.

TORONTO SUN: Former Maple Leafs captain Wendel Clark defended current captain Dion Phaneuf, pointing out Phaneuf’s acceptance of full blame for his defensive blunder leading to the Bruins overtime goal in Game Four demonstrates leadership.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Phaneuf deserved criticism, but not the over-the-top denigration from some denizens of Leafs Nation.  

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: Gary Lawless believes Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff could face a choice between keeping Claude Noel or hiring Alain Vigneault if he’s fired by the Canucks.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cheveldayoff doesn’t strike me as the type to just dump a coach because another becomes available. I believe he’ll stick with Noel, at least for next season.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: The play of Oilers prospects Anton Lander and Teemu Hartikainen are taking steps toward making the big club next season with their play for their farm club in the AHL playoffs.


  1. The reality is this. I enjoy the open speed and skill game which was allowed to flourish in the last few years with penatlies for those player who want to subvert the games skill. I have bought season tickets for 40 year and the last 3 years have provided the best entertainment in that period. Now it’s going to take a back seat to bulk and brutallity. Is this what i want ? I almost gave up my tickets in the hay days of clutch grab , impede style. I MAY stick for another year but if what is being forecast for the games future I have real doubts about following the NHL. I watched game one of the St.L ~ LA series and apartfrom a lot of banging there wasn’t much entertainment, I haven’t watched any more.

    I enjoy skill and speed…and do not like being force fed some thing that only resembles hockey because it takes place on the ice

  2. The thing to wonder about the Habs, was the team that played the last 15 games (regular season/playoffs) the real team or the aberattion. This is the team that did finish last in an 82 game season, then after an extended offseason had a great 30 games, but…..and yes its a but, did they revert to form or did they come crashing to earth.

    I think the Habs are no where as good as their record this year, and that they were no where as bad last year, this is a team of extremes, and a good comparable is the team they lost to, the Sens. I think the habs with the lineup as is, is a bubble team, with some decent youth and some questionable veterans.