The Vancouver Canucks scratched Brock Boeser, which was a red alert on the NHL trade rumours that kicked up this week. But he missed the Calgary Flames game on Wednesday night due to illness. The New York Islanders have inquired and sent scouts to watch Boeser’s teammate, Bo Horvat. Also in the Daily — Ryan Reaves freight-trained Detroit’s Filip Hronek with an open-ice headshot that was not penalized. And is Alex Ovechkin the greatest goal-scorer of all time? Or does he have to pass Wayne Gretzky first?
All that and more in the CHN Daily Links:
Jacob Markstrom got beat early but he proved again that he's back as a top tier netminder for the Flames.
Because of Markstrom's play, the Flames got to a third straight overtime, their second shootout loss in a row.
Will the salary cap crunch prevent the Flames from adding anything more than a rental before the NHL trade deadline?
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
NYI Hockey Now: Regarding the Bo Horvat situation, sources tell our colleagues that, indeed, there have been talks with the New York Islanders.
Montreal Hockey Now: The Canadiens put themselves in a great position to deal with the cap and to have assets come the NHL trade deadline. They seem to be mentioned in every NHL trade rumour right now.
Washington Hockey Now: Sammi Silber notes that without two lockouts and two COVID-shortened seasons, Ovechkin would have passed Wayne Gretzky already. Unbelievable. Here’s the debate — the greatest goal scorer ever, Alex Ovechkin?
Vegas Hockey Now: One of the most cap-strapped teams over the summer was the Golden Knights. The salary cap could go up by 1 to $4 million next season. What will the Vegas Golden Knights do with the money?
Detroit: Officials huddled. No penalty. No supplementary discipline, either, after Wild winger Ryan Reaves trucked Filip Hronek of the Detroit Red Wings. Hronek is in concussion protocol. Reaves escapes punishment.
Hronek didn’t see Reaves because he was looking to make a pass. His head looked like the primary point of contact but the size difference alone made it nearly impossible not to crush the Red Wings defenceman. So should the 275-pound Reaves not make the hit? Click on the story above to see the impact.
TSN: Unsigned Senators RFA Alex Formenton signed a deal to play in Switzerland.
Connor McDavid is filling the net — he’s on pace to reach numbers that only Gretzky and Lemieux have reached.
Dallas: Guess who helped beating New Jersey? Here’s the scoop as the Dallas Stars Springsteen’d NJD.