John Tortorella and the Calgary Flames will always be linked by their hallway brawl in Vancouver. Now maybe the franchise can take advantage of what could become a ripple of NHL trade rumours coming from Philadelphia. The new Flyers coach slammed the culture in the Flyers locker-room this week, saying it was “a major concern.” Some big trades could be coming. After hitting LTIR, Carey Price posted a message to Canadiens fans. Looks like a sad end to a stellar career is here.
If the Flyers are selling, I’d be making some calls. Cam Atkinson could add some scoring punch to the Calgary Flames this season.
In exciting personal news, Flames Andrew Mangiapane and Jacob Markstrom made big life announcements last weekend.
This one may be a case of sharing too much. Unsigned RFA Adam Ruzicka said Matthew Tkachuk‘s “insistence on the captaincy” might have been a big reason for his departure.
With informal skates starting and training camp around the corner, I looked at potential Calgary Flames line combinations up front. But maybe GM Brad Treliving can make one more big addition.
Canada Hockey Now
Montreal Hockey Now: Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price took to Instagram to thank his fans for all their support over the years. Meanwhile, goalie prospect Cayden Primeau was given a huge show of faith with a three-year, one-way contract.
Vancouver Hockey Now: Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin poised for NHL duty in the immediate future?
Vancouver Hockey Now: Playoffs? Playoffs?! Five terrifying Canucks predictions.
National Hockey Now
NYI Hockey Now: Our guy Stefen Rosner says Tim Stuztle’s new eight-year contract with the Ottawa Senators should have no impact on New York Islanders star forward, Matt Barzal‘s next contract.
Boston Hockey Now: Can Boston Bruins winger Nick Foligno rebound from a bad first season of a two-year, $7.6 million contract with a $3.8 million AAV?
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: With the Pittsburgh Penguins‘ core all in the twilight years of their career, is a rebuild in Steeltown inevitable?
Washington Hockey Now: The Washington Capitals are rallying behind forward Carl Hagelin’s comeback attempt after a year plagued with injury and a loss of sight.
Detroit Hockey Now: The early returns on Marco Kasper confirm Steve Yzerman has a chance to go 4-for-4 on his early first-round picks as Detroit Red Wings general manager. The legend grows.
Vegas Hockey Now: OK, I think Owen might be cracking up in Las Vegas. Here’s a hypothetical question — which happens first, Lake Mead dries up, or the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup?
Flyers: Want to know why the Flyers stunk? Coach John Tortorella was on SiriusXM radio, and he essentially nuked the Flyers locker room, “it’s a major concern.”
NHL News and Notes
Sportsnet: Get the latest on the another nine unsigned RFAs.
Oilers Nation: Hoping the Calgary Flames stay far away from this one, and not just from a political stance. Jake Virtanen beat sexual assault charges. That means a potential return to the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers may be interested. Let them have him.
Kevin Cheveldayoff is the only general manager of the Winnipeg Jets since they were reborn with the relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers. Could the Jets be moving on to their second general manager after this season?