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Flames Daily: Vegas a train wreck, Flames coach playing chess



We’re in full NHL trade deadline hangover mode. It’s back to the day-to-day Calgary Flames proceedings. The Flames’ first game following the NHL trade frenzy wasn’t great. Another loss to their nemesis San Jose Sharks this year. But the disaster in Vegas puts everything into perspective. That team is in freefall and their biggest trade is still – yes still – in limbo.

Sportsnet had damning information not necessarily to Vegas disorganization but to just how complicated the mess will be to sort.

Sportsnet: Evgenii Dadonov, the NHL trade still counting hanging chads. It appears Dadonov indeed correctly filed the paperwork affirming his no-trade list, but both the league and Vegas didn’t know. How is this possible?

I stole this 22-year-old political humour from Dan Kingerski, and I also don’t apologize for dating myself with it.

Calgary Hockey Now: The Calgary Flames just can’t beat the Sharks this year. They’re 0-for-3 this season and gave up control of a game they led after 40 minutes for the first time this year on Tuesday night. It wasn’t a great game from goaltender Jacob Markstrom. He faced the music, and so did goalie coach Jason LaBarbara – who head coach Darryl Sutter sent out in his place for the media questions.

As Sportsnet’s Eric Francis noted in a chat with former Calgary Flames goalie coach David Marcoux, Sutter is playing chess while others are playing checkers.

Side note: doesn’t sound like any discipline (aside from a possible fine) is coming for the Markstrom spear in the photo.

NHL News & National Hockey Now

Can we discuss free agency rumours yet?

San Jose: OK, a little bit of NHL trade chatter from the Calgary Flames nemesis. Our Sheng Peng continues his TV gig with NBC Sports Bay Area. The Sharks will make a few offseason trades, so which goalie gets dealt, will they keep Nick Bonino (Bonino, Bonino, Boooninoooooo), and will they sign Alexander Barabonov? San Jose Sharks analysis.

Vegas Hockey Now: Oh boy. Not only is the Dadonov trade looking iffy, so are the playoffs. Vegas lost…AGAIN. The playoffs are slipping away. Vegas Golden Knights takeaways.

Detroit: For those of you into the exciting rookie crop, here is proof that none are more dynamic than Red Wings defenseman Mo Seider.

Boston Hockey Now: Fear the Bruins? Joe Haggerty thinks so. They got exactly what they needed (and have been chasing for two years) at the NHL trade deadline. Yes, fear the Boston Bruins.

Montreal Hockey Now: I thought the biggest overpay at the trade deadline was Colorado giving up a very good prospect (Justin Barron) and a second-round pick for Artturi Lehkonen. And I really do like Lehkonen. Marco D’Amico tracked down Barron’s coach for a detailed look at the prospect and new prize of the Montreal Canadiens system.

Washington Hockey Now: The Capitals could not keep pace on Wednesday night. They were undisciplined sloppy, and they lost to the St. Louis Blues. Washington Capitals takeaways.

CanesCountry: The Carolina Hurricanes lost four in a row and were reeling just a bit, but they managed to end their streak against one of the best teams in the NHL–the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Pittsburgh Penguins were clicking on all cylinders. Brian Boyle was all over the Columbus Blue Jackets, Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel filled the net, and Rickard Rakell’s debut was a smashing win. Pittsburgh Penguins game.

BlueShirtsBanter: The New Jersey Devils ripped through Igor Shesterkin on Tuesday. That surely doesn’t happen often. New Jersey beat the Rags 7-4.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers dropped their 13th straight road game. 13?! Rasmus Ristolainen took the blame. Philadelphia Flyers stink postgame.

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