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.
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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.