The Calgary Flames had a nice finish to 2022, with a couple of top players seemingly hitting their strides in Rasmus Andersson and Jonathan Huberdeau. Meanwhile, the Toronto Maple Leafs may be out on the Max Domi NHL trade talks but are looking for some smaller pieces. Alex Ovechkin made a rockstar move after beating up on the Montreal Canadiens and there is photographic evidence. And the Winter Classic is going to be fun in the sun today.
That and more Flames stories and NHL trade talk in The Daily CHN Links:
The Flame ended the calendar year on a high note with a win over the Vancouver Canucks. Can they bring that momentum into the new year?
Turning the page, we looked at some of the best Calgary Flames locker-room storylines so far this season.
Is Rasmus Andersson one of the most underrated elite defencemen in the game?
Jonathan Huberdeau seems primed for a second-half storm of offence.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
Sportsnet/HNIC: Chicago might not put Max Domi on the NHL trade block, but the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the prowl. However, Elliotte Friedman thinks they will downsize their shopping list.
WJC: Connor Bedard is still on a tear at the 2023 World Junior Championships. He is one point away from setting two major records.
Washington: Alex Ovechkin absolutely decimated the Montreal Canadiens and then took a picture with their moms. Love him or hate him, he's a rock star.
Boston: The 2023 NHL Winter Classic is on. The sun could be an issue, but the game is a go.
Pittsburgh: Another Kris Letang heartstring story. He's back in Montreal with family after the death of his dad.
However, you feel about outdoor games — blame Sidney Crosby!
Vegas: The top Vegas Golden Knights moments of 2022.
Dallas: Seemingly untouched by age, Joe Pavelski has signed yet another extension with the Dallas Stars.
Tampa Bay: The Tampa Bay Lightning have also made a signing, extending Nick Perbix by two years.
Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Kings still have to figure out their goaltending situation, and Quick … (pun intentional).
Colorado: Five things the Colorado Avalanche want to see in 2023.
Florida: Still out of a playoff spot, the Florida Panthers keep digging themselves into a hole. Calgary Flames fans will pretend they don't care but they really do. (*cough* Matthew Tkachuk *cough*).
Long Island: The top New York Islanders moments of 2022 according to the fans.
Detroit: The Red Wings are on the cusp of being competitive. They’re in the playoff hunt, but there are real questions for 2023. The rise of the Detroit Red Wings.
Philly: The Flyers had a moment of not losing. Since losing the top pair gig, Rasmus Ristolainen has shined.
Video of the day — a trip through the Winter Classic you don't want to miss.