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The Daily: Flames Closure With Gaudreau, Canucks Will Set NHL Trade Market

The Calgary Flames got the win over the Columbus Blue Jackets in Johnny Gaudreau’s return. The Vancouver Canucks are going to be setting the NHL trade market ahead of the deadline.



Johnny Gaudreau's return to Calgary Flames land went about as anticipated. He got the Matthew Tkachuk treatment. In other NHL news, Rick Tocchet gets a below-market-value contract to coach the Vancouver Canucks on a team that will determine the NHL trade market, a couple of young superstars in the making are out for the year, and the Boston Bruins are getting closer to a deal with David Pastrnak. 

Read all that and more in The Daily CHN links:

Calgary Flames

It was a homecoming circled on the calendar since an awkward departure at the start of free agency. The reception was awkward, too. A lot of boos rained down on Johnny Gaudreau, but he was ready for it. In the end, he played a great game and reminded Calgary Flames fans what they were missing, but also felt the sting of what he is missing — victories. 

Speaking of sting, you know Jakob Pelletier was probably a bit hurt by Sutter's post-game review of his play after Saturday's NHL debut. The Calgary Flames head coach walked it back a little on Monday and Pelletier played his second contest against the Columbus Blue Jackets. 

NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:

Seattle Times: The Kraken have three second-round picks, salary cap space, and they’re the least talked-about team on the prowl before the NHL trade deadline. The Calgary Flames' Pacific Division surprise is a team to watch. 

L.A. Hockey Now: Guess who is showing up at the L.A. Kings games? The Ottawa Senators GM Pierre Dorion has been scouting Los Angeles, spurring Kings trade chatter.

Boston Hockey Now: The Bruins don’t want to let David Pastrnak walk for nothing, but a contract will be expensive. Sources tell Boston Hockey Now that the two sides are getting close. The Boston Bruins scoop.

Vegas Hockey Now: A fun story from our friend in Vegas. Members of the Vegas Golden Knights share how they lost some of their teeth.

ESPN: A day after Montreal Canadiens winger Cole Caufield suffered a season-ending injury, Ottawa Senators centre Josh Norris is done for the year, too.

NYI Hockey Now: The Toronto Maple Leafs exposed the New York Islanders 5-2.

Florida Hockey Now: It’s good news, bad news — The New York Rangers cracked the Florida Panthers 6-2.

USA Today: Owen Power scored his first of the season, and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Dallas Stars, 3-2. Buffalo keeps charging.

Washington Hockey Now: Updating Alex Ovechkin’s injury and the looming decision with T.J. Oshie. Washington Capitals notebook.

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: It was a wild week. Like the Thunderbolt without a seat belt. A Jarry laugh and a big gaffe. The Penguins wrap.

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