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The Daily: Flames Coach Opens Up, NHL Trade Dominos Falling

The Calgary Flames are looking for internal improvement while other teams are already diving into the NHL trade market. The Colorado Avalanche made an early depth move.



The Calgary Flames are looking internally, while the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche visited the NHL trade market for a familiar forward. Meanwhile, the Buffalo Sabres are interested in Sharks winger Timo Meier, and St. Louis Blues centre Ryan O’Reilly doesn’t want to be on the NHL trade block.

That and more in today's CHN Daily links:

Calgary Flames

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter talked for a while about his prospects on Wednesday. Not just Jakob Pelletier — who got a pretty glowing review despite the small sample size so far. Sutter is enjoying having the AHL club in Calgary so he can see who might fill the holes in the NHL in the coming months and years. The Pelletier praise was in stark contrast from his dismissive post-game summary after the prospect's NHL debut. 

The Calgary Flames called up Dennis Gilbert from the AHL Wranglers Thursday morning after Wednesday's announcement that Chris Tanev would be out at least these next two games before the all-star break. That starts Thursday against the Chicago Blackhawks. 

NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now:

Colorado Hockey Now: It’s not an insignificant move. Matt Nieto is headed back to Colorado with out-of-favor prospect Ryan Merkley. The Avalanche trade to address forward depth.

San Jose Hocke Now: The other side of the trade from the San Jose Sharks perspective.

TSN: The Buffalo Sabres are one of the teams interested in Sharks RFA Timo Meier.

NYI Hockey Now: A scoring drought means six losses in a row for the New York Islanders.

Lou Lamoriello took responsibility for the Islanders’ foibles, even as he kind of blamed the goal scorers during a press conference. “It’s on me,” said the Islanders GM.

Washington Hockey Now: A trade? Setting the record straight in Washington on Anthony Mantha and Capitals trade talk.

Philly Hockey Now: The Flyers’ win streak is over, and they’re back in a little skid, but Torts isn’t mad. Nope, John Tortorella likes what he sees from his Philadelphia Flyers.

Sportsnet: Ryan O’Reilly heard his name in the NHL trade rumours, but he doesn’t want to go anywhere.

Boston Hockey Now: So how about it — would O’Reilly fit as a Bruins trade target?

Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Out until after the All-Star break — The latest on goalie Tristan Jarry.

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