Big-time injuries are dominating headlines in several cities. Calgary Flames rivals are part of the NHL trade rumour mill, with the Vegas Golden Knights linked to Tyler Bertuzzi, and — yikes, NHL ratings are way down in the U.S., again.
That and more in today's CHN daily links:
More to come on the NHL trade market and what the Calgary Flames could or should do, but is James van Riemsdyk a target? Elliotte Friedman seems to think it's possible.
NHL Trade Chatter, News & National Hockey Now:
Vegas Hockey Now: Tyler Bertuzzi in a Vegas Golden Knights sweater? Oh, that could rock the NHL trade deadline and revamp the Golden Knights.
Let’s roll through the injuries:
Vegas Hockey Now: Back surgery out indefinitely for Mark Stone.
Columbus Dispatch: Shoulder surgery and out for the season, Gustav Nyquist.
WIBV: Re-aggravated upper-body injury Wednesday night? Tage Thompson.
And back to the NHL trade chatter …
Sportsnet: Rory Boylen went down a trade deadline rabbit hole. He came to a conclusion — this is a THIN market.
Though raising the possibility of Vancouver moving Thatcher Demko is fascinating.
32 Thoughts: Elliotte Friedman also raised Demko, and the teams looking for a goalie. What happens after the Horvat trade, the L.A. Kings, Carolina Hurricanes, and the most popular Blackhawk on the trade market isn’t Patrick Kane but Sam Lafferty.
TSN also has a story about trading Demko. Just a little peek behind the curtain — when two outlets have a similar speculative story, it’s either too obvious to miss, or someone is talking.
For the Win: NHL TV ratings are down, and FTW let fans explain why (they got it way wrong, but here you go).
Boston Hockey Now: Boston beat up Toronto in the marquee game Wednesday 5-2. But forget the game. Brad Marchand owned the day trolling the media and Mitch Marner. Check it out in the Boston Bruins coverage.
Washington Hockey Now: Looks like Sidney Crosby will team with Alex Ovechkin in the breakaway competition at the NHL All-Star weekend.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Unlike Sheryl Crow, who had a favourite mistake, there is one bad mistake, THE crucial mistake by Ron Hextall, which is dogging the Pittsburgh Penguins.