The Calgary Flames were rumoured to be in on the Jake Virtanen PTO train but the Edmonton Oilers signed him to a tryout after all. Beyond all the legal baggage with a civil suit pending, is Virtanen even good at hockey? Guess we’ll find out soon. Meanwhile, three legends on defence have announced their retirements. Good luck to Zdeno Chara, Keith Yandle and P.K. Subban.
That and more in today’s daily links.
The Young Stars Classic wrapped up and the Flames kids didn’t fare very well but you should still keep an eye on Cole Schwindt when main camp opens this week. More to come on some of the other takeaways.
Nazem Kadri mic dropped his way out of Denver, signing off the Colorado Avalanche team chat with an epic goodbye after signing a long-term deal with the Calgary Flames.
The Flames added another player with some offensive upside by giving Sonny Milano a PTO. He should be fun to watch in a stiff competition for one of the top nine wing spots. Take note Dillon Dube, Jakob Pelletier, Cody Eakin.
Before the Milano signing, Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving said he wasn’t done. Could he still add on the NHL trade market?
Canada Hockey Now
VAN: The Edmonton Oilers have signed former Vancouver Canucks and troubled winger Jake Virtanen to a PTO. Rumours he could be headed to the Calgary Flames thankfully did not pan out.
MTL: Marc Dumont has already penned a nice tribute to P.K. Subban over on Montreal Hockey Now. Subban’s best years were with the Montreal Canadiens.
National Hockey Now
COL: Newly signed Colorado Avalanche forward Evan Rodrigues believes the Avs “Just find of seemed like the perfect fit”.
SJS: San Jose Sharks prospect William Eklund continues to shows his worth in the clutch against the Ducks and continues to prove why he is so special.
VGK: The sad story of 2017 second overall pick Nolan Patrick continued Monday as news broke that the Vegas Golden Knights forward will not play this season.
FLA: What should be expected of former Boston College and current Florida Panthers goalie Spencer Knight this season?
NYI: A contract extension for Mathew Barzal may not be close but on Monday, New York Islanders general manager Lou Lamoriello made it clear that he is a huge Barzal fan and he’s confident a deal will get done eventually. That doesn’t mean Calgary Flames fans will stop clamouring for a deal to being him west.
PGH: Thankfully Pittsburgh Penguins prospect Jon Gruden doesn’t have to deal with the mistaken identity his father, Boston Bruins head coach John Gruden, deals with on a regular basis.
PHI: The curse on the Philadelphia Flyers worsened on Monday as news broke that the surgically repaired back of No. 1 centre Sean Couturier is acting up again and he won’t start the season healthy.
WSH: Washington Capitals prospect Ivan Miroshnichenko is aiming to return to play this season following a Hodgkin’s Lymphoma diagnosis last year.
NHL News, Notes and Rumours
We say goodbye to a few NHL giants on the back end today. One very literally. Zdeno Chara is calling it a career and our Boston Hockey Now colleagues break that down. He’s joined by Keith Yandle and P.K. Subban — who should forever be remembered as a Montreal Canadiens star.
Hockey Canada is working on getting funding back after a summer full of sex scandals. It’s OK to feel torn on the issue of loving hockey and hating one of its entities.