The Calgary Flames looked dominant against the Arizona Coyotes, then found themselves down a pair, then tied it, then dominated again to come away with a massive win. But it was the Coyotes. Next few opponents are elite squads. Meanwhile, the NHL trade gridlock loosened a little Wednesday, and the Ottawa Senators set the market for shedding deadweight salary. The Coyotes are back to their old tricks of taking on LTIR salary. The New York Rangers are looking into how to acquire Patrick Kane, and Brock Boeser’s agent is working to find a trade out of Vancouver, with the Flames among those mentioned this week.
The kids are alright. Walker Duehr and Jakob Pelletier were third-period leaders in the win in the desert. The rookies rising.
What should the Flames do at the NHL trade deadline? Probably nothing. At least nothing big.
Elias Lindholm earned his 500th NHL point on Wednesday. But he's also a proud new papa. One of a couple of feel-good stories to share this week.
ICYMI: Defenceman Rasmus Andersson, who has been really good for the Flames this year, feels lucky to be alive after his incident in Detroit.
NHL Trade Deadline, News & National Hockey Now:
Pittsburgh Hockey Now: Sidney Crosby acknowledged their struggles. The Pittsburgh Penguins must work harder and smarter.
Washington Hockey Now: Listen to offers on UFAs? The trade talks out of Washington point to a team recognizing this might be a lost season. Washington Capitals trade chatter.
TSN: Trade! The Ottawa Senators dumped Nikita Zaitsev on Chicago and sent a pair of picks, too.
Vegas Hockey Now: Trade No. 2! The Golden Knights punted Shea Weber’s LTIR to Arizona and sent along a mid-rounder. Golden Knights trade details.
I know, I know, shocking that this keeps happening in Gary's pet project Arizona, letting an insurance company pay millions so they don’t have to worry about the cap floor climbing.
Montreal Hockey Now: The NHL trade rumours have linked Pierre-Luc Dubois to Montreal for a year. Here’s the latest with the Montreal Canadiens.
Boston Hockey Now: The Gavrikov saga continues. A trade is or was imminent, but Bruins GM Don Sweeney has been a man of mystery. Bruins trade talk.
Detroit Hockey Now: Look out, wild-card race. Here come the Detroit Red Wings.
Forever Blueshirts: The synopsis of both sides of the story. The New York Rangers may not be done adding big names. Emily Kaplan stirred the NHL trade rumours when she said the Rangers are trying to acquire Patrick Kane.
Sportsnet: Brock Boeser is headed out of Vancouver, probably. His agent is working the phones to line up a trade. The Minnesota Wild are trying, and the Calgary Flames have been mentioned, too.