NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Saturday, May 4, 2013.

Habs coach Therrien keeps his cool, why Brandon Prust should be fined, troubling signs for the Canucks, Nazem Kadri needs to step up and more.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: Canadiens coach Michel Therrien kept his once-famous temper in check responding to what he consider disrespectful remarks by Senators coach Paul MacLean regarding Eric Gryba’s hit on Lars Eller. MacLean blamed Eller’s teammate Raphael Diaz for the pass leading to the hit, and referred to Diaz by his number rather than his name.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: In the wake of the Canadiens series-tying win on Friday, Therrien reminded MacLean again of the name behind #61, who had the second-most ice time of the Habs  and acquitted himself well in Game Two, with four shots, four blocked shots, three hits and a plus-minus of +1.

Should Brandon Prust be fined for his comments about Senators coach?

Should Brandon Prust be fined for his comments about Senators coach?

OTTAWA CITIZEN: James Gordon cited the NHL rulebook in calling for Montreal Canadiens forward Brandon Prust to be fined for calling MacLean a “bug-eyed, fat walrus”.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: When I heard Prust’s remarks, my first thought was “he’s going to be fined for that”, but to date, there’s been no reaction from the league.

VANCOUVER SUN: Iain MacIntyre with a very lengthy list of signs which don’t bode well for the Canucks in their series against the San Jose Sharks, apart from the fact they’re down 2-0 heading to San Jose for Games Three and Four.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: As I noted in this morning’s headlines, if the Canucks offense doesn’t pick up soon (especially the production of the Sedins) they’ll be hitting the links by the middle of next week.

TORONTO STAR: Leafs young star Nazem Kadri vows to perform better when his club faces off against the Boston Bruins on Saturday night in Game Two of their Conference Quarterfinal.

WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: For the first time in his tenure, GM Kevin Cheveldayoff has an opportunity to put his stamp on the Jets.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson believes the lack of available talent in this summer’s free agent and trade markets makes a good case for the Oilers to re-sign Nikolai Khabibulin.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: I suspect new Oilers GM Craig MacTavish thinks otherwise. Changes are coming to the Oilers this summer, and that likely includes a new backup.


  1. McLean was actually telling the truth about #61… actually #61 admitted it himself after the game. McLean could have used a little more tact in that.. but he is blunt and tells it like it is. Quite a few people called it a suicide pass.

    Not surprised Prust didn’t get fined or suspended for his remarks towards McLean… the NHL has double standards.

    And that suspension is a joke. Many players, broadcaster, sports reporters outside of Mtl said the hit was clean and there should be no suspension. There is video proof, and Kerry Fraser, a former NHL referee had a freeze frame by frame of the hit to prove the body was the primary target..

    But it appears from it’s actions the NHL ignored that.

    IMO they were pressured into the suspension. The suspension was handed out for the injury not the hit.. It was a terrible injury, hard for the Habs players and fans and Eller’s family to take.. I’m not disputing that.

    So Shanahan should have said the suspension is for the injury — but you see there is no rule for that.. so he couldn’t say that. So in his statement on the suspension he said the head was the primary target — when there is proof it wasn’t. He blatantly lied and a lot of people know that. There is no other explanation.

    So Mr. Shanahan, if you suspend based on the head being the primary target.. why did you not suspend Wolchek Wolski last season for his elbow delivered to the head of Alfredsson which game him a concussion? Wolski changed direction and the hit was late. The head was the primary, and as a matter of fact the ONLY point of contact. Yet you gave him no suspension. I think you told Alfredsson the hit did not warrant a suspension.. Imagine that.. .Double standard again.

    I really question the integrity of the NHL… do they have any? Or is it the same old crap .. it depends on who did the hit and the team he plays for…

    • Completely agree Sandy, (I seem to be doing a lot of this lately…?) it was just too easy for the NHL to suspend a relatively unknown player from a small market Canadian team in order to make an example. I truly believe that the same wouldn’t have happened to Subban if his charge on Chris Neil had of resulted in an injury. He’s a star on an important large market team. Ference plays for Boston only gets one game despite being a repeat offender. There’s an old saying: ‘a rich man never hangs’ and it can be used to describe the NHL’s idea of fairness and justice. The loss of Gryba isn’t really a huge issue for the Senator’s, he’s a number 6 d-man and can be replaced. The bigger issue is, how this is going to affect the approach players will have to make to the way they play the game? In order to succeed most teams like to have at least a couple of players who play with an edge. As of now it appears to me that the smaller market teams are being put at a distinct disadvantage when only their players are being targeted.