NHL Postseason Canadian Corner – Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

A humiliating end to the Canucks season, two key Canadiens are hurting, plus updates on Jake Gardiner, Ales Hemsky, Leland Irving and more.

SPORTSNET: Mark Spector offered up his postmortem of the Vancouver Canucks humiliating four-game sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks, believing their roster has “gone stale” and anticipating off-season changes.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: No, not Mark’s note, mine. I’ll have my take on the Canucks early exit and their possible off-season moves in my Soapbox tomorrow.

Carey Price suffered an apparent leg injury in Game 3 against the Senators.

Carey Price suffered an apparent leg injury in Game 3 against the Senators.

MONTREAL GAZETTE: To add injury to insult, key Canadiens Carey Price and Brandon Prust were injured in their 3-2 OT loss to the Senators on Wednesday.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: If those two are sidelined for Game Five, it becomes tougher for the Habs to rally back and stay alive in this series.

TORONTO SUN: Dave Hilson believes young defenseman Jake Gardiner should’ve been a regular this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Hilson’s keeping the “Free Jake Gardiner” campaign alive.

EDMONTON JOURNAL: David Staples explains Ales Hemsky is no coward or slacker, but rather was playing hurt this season.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: That may be, but it won’t mollify Hemsky’s critics.

CALGARY HERALD: Leland Irving’s agent is trying to sell the Flames his client could become an NHL starting goalie, but they don’t appear interested.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: “Could become” isn’t as strong a selling point as “is”. 

OTTAWA SUN: Senators owner Eugene Melnyk is still investigating his claim Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke deliberately injured Erik Karlsson.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: This is becoming as silly and stupid as Donald Trump’s efforts to prove President Obama isn’t a US citizen. 


  1. The Canucks were done when they were up 2-0 on the Bruins and started planning the parade. They need to retool, and that includes removing Gillis.

    • Hard to feel bad for the Canucks when they only started to play in the forth game. Gillis and the Vigneault are done like dinner. One of the goalies should have been traded for a forward long before the play offs.

  2. Lost in the narrative that this series was determined by the Sharks power play prowess and questionable calls is the fact that the Sharks also outscored the Canucks 5 on 5 despite Kevin Bieksa and company’s assertion that they were out playing them at even strength.

    • You know I thought the Canucks trade day pickup of Derek Roy was very telling – Roy is a very selfish player and the Canucks would have done better getting someone like Ryan Clowe, Bryan Little, Blake Wheeler or even Drew Stafford. The Canucks need to get a bit tougher and rely on their skill rather than embellishing things to get a penalty.