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Yesterday was a bit of a wild ride for members of the Calgary Flames.  

At 4:45 p.m. Nikita Zadorov was dealt to the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 2024 fifth round draft pick as well as a 2026 third round draft pick. Media and fans were abuzz about the transaction while the players and coaching staff had a game to prepare for.   

Despite the potential distraction, Calgary, once again, overcame a one-goal deficit in the third period en route to a 4-3 overtime victory. Unexpected hero Jonathan Huberdeau set up the final two goals as well as a Mikael Backlund third period goal that was challenged successfully for a hand pass.  

A few notes around the team.  

Blue Line Offence

MacKenzie Weegar’s game-tying goal tied a couple statistical categories. The smooth skating defender is now tied for team lead in goals with Blake Coleman at six. With three of four goals scored by blue liners last night (Tanev and Hanifin got the other two), the Flames are now tied for second in goals by a defensemen with the Colorado Avalanche. Leading the league is Montreal with 18. 

Positive Light on the Trade 

Reviews on Zadorov’s return have been mostly negative. General Manager Craig Conroy was optimistic about the salary cap room created from the deal. “We talked to a lot of teams, but it was always retention, and a lot of retention, not just a little at this early point in the year.” 

The 52-year-old executive downplayed the notion of missing out on a potential big return. “I know everybody wants first-round picks, but they’re just not out there.” 

Chechelev Heads Home 

Per Flames Prospects, Daniil Chechelev has signed with HC Vityaz of the KHL The former fourth round pick in 2020 spent most of the last 2 seasons in the ECHL. Calgary still holds his signing rights until June of next year. 

Stories from around the National Hockey League

Dan Kingerski of Pittsburgh Hockey Now analyzes a new element of toughness added to the Penguins blue line. 

Colby Guy takes a look at the complete revival of Florida’s penalty kill. 

Sheng Peng breaks down how the Sharks went from historically bad to 5-5-1 in their last 11. 

James Nichols catches you up on the Devils and their current attitude after a slow start.