Back off, Oilers. Haven’t you heard Evan Rodrigues is of interest to the Calgary Flames? Edmonton papers are beginning to zero in on Rodrigues as the right free-agent fit for the Oilers. Both the Flames and Oilers are looking to add to the wing. It looks like another rivalry is still relevant. Canada beat the U.S. for gold at the World Championships, and players for Team USA promptly blasted Canada for diving.
Edmonton Journal writer Kirk Levine is hearing Evan Rodrigues could be a PTO signing with the Oilers … if he accepts a PTO. E-Rod is the no. 2 item on the list.
Calgary Flames fans have been intrigued by Rodrigues, a fancy stats darling, ever since he was rumoured to be on the list of players the Flames have been looking at in free agency in the later stages of summer.
Meanwhile, we pitched the idea of adding Jumbo Joe Thornton on a PTO to sprinkle some of his knowledge and commitment to the Calgary Flames group this fall.
NHL News & National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: Team Canada beat the U.S. 2-1 in the World Championships gold medal game. After five straight wins by Team USA, the Canadians have won two straight Worlds and the Olympics. Abby Roque dished some criticism of Team Canada after the game.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: What sources told Danny K and Co. about the former Penguins who remain unsigned — and who is drawing interest. Pittsburgh Penguins UFAs.
Tough call, eh? Sign with a team that won’t be as good as Edmonton but get guaranteed money. Or sign a PTO with a Stanley Cup contender and put your fate in their hands.
Washington Hockey Now: Sammi Silber opened her mail for questions from Capitals fans. Will they chase a defenceman on the NHL trade market? Is Ryan Strome good enough? Are Peter Laviolette and Brian McClellan on the hot seat? Washington Capitals questions.
Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL roster is basically set, but the Montreal farm system will take a hit with so many kids promoted. Marco D’Amico scoured the landscape for the prospects falling out of favour with other organizations and circled three reclamations for the Montreal Canadiens org.
Detroit Hockey Now: An interesting concept that I may steal soon — the five most valuable Detroit Red Wing on the roster.
San Jose Hockey Now: Everyone is chasing the leaks for the reverse retro jerseys, but are brand new primary jerseys and a rebrand coming for the San Jose Sharks?
Vancouver Hockey Now: This situation will spur NHL trade chatter. Vancouver will have eight UFAs next summer unless they start signing fast. Predictions from Rob Simpson on the fate of the eight Vancouver Canucks.
Montreal Hockey Now: Marco D’Amico says most of the top young talent in the Canadiens organization has made its way to the big club. Restocking the cupboards is hard work. Hescoured the landscape for the prospects they might nab from other organizations on the NHL trade market. Montreal Canadiens.