Flames Daily: Deadpool ownership of Senators dead; expect Craig Conroy to be introduced as Calgary GM tomorrow
The number one Flames story in Calgary the past 24-plus hours is Craig Conroy set to become the team’s new general manager. Expect a news conference tomorrow.
Stanley Cup playoffs
Another NHL conference final game, another OT: Four games have been played in both the East and the West, and all four have gone to overtime. The same two teams have won, too, including the Vegas Golden Knights last night
Give Chucky the Conn Smythe already: Three OT winners, including two in a row to start the Eastern Conference final, have pushed Florida Panthers star Matthew Tkachuk, formerly of the Flames of course, to the top of most fans’ NHL playoff MVP lists. Betting sites have VGK’s Jack Eichel as their fave, though.
NHL stuff today
Deadpool team ownership very dead: Canadian Hollywood star Ryan Reynolds is beyond the point of no return as a prospective owner of the Ottawa Senators.
Speaking of Ottawa: I love the rumour that Kyle Dubas, who recently left the Toronto Maple Leafs, could wind up as Senators GM.
Penguins and Dubas: What’s real, though, is Pittsburgh plans to interview Dubas for their empty manager’s position. Apparently, they had been close to hiring someone when Dubas popped loose.
Upset at the worlds: Canada loses its first game at the annual tourney being held this year in Finland/Latvia. To Norway.
Around the NHN network
Chicago Blackhawks: NHL set to meet with ex-head coach Joel Quenneville, who was banned from league benches for his involvement in the Kyle Beach situation.
Colorado Avalanche: Could Patrick Roy, ex-Avs head coach, step back behind an NHL bench soon?
Los Angeles Kings: Viktor Arvidsson is a key part of the L.A. attack, so why are there rumours he’s on the trade market?
San Jose Sharks: Of course ex-Shark and current Stars forward Joe Pavelski is trusted heavily by his head coach.
Montreal Canadiens: The spitballing continues in La Belle province. Will an NHL team submit an offer sheet for restricted free agent Habs winger Cole Caufield? My feeling after about a quarter-second of thought: non.
Nino Neiderreiter got a penalty here for roughing, but Joe Veleno got away with that stomp. The Swiss fans were furious.
You can't do that. #IIHFWorlds pic.twitter.com/g5NYvpNJRE
— Steven Ellis (@SEllisHockey) May 20, 2023
Detroit Red Wings: IIHF gives a five-game suspension to Winged Wheeler Joe Veleno, who’s skating for Team Canada at the world men’s hockey championships. Can’t stomp on an opposing player’s leg, indeed.