The 2022 NHL Trade Deadline is less than a week away and we are starting to see some teams preparing with the Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens making the first moves since the Calgary Flames kicked things off early.
We know Flames GM Brad Treliving is actively shopping, looking to see if he can make another move to bolster his lineup ahead of the playoffs. But with the salary cap and team chemistry as serious considerations, the Calgary Flames may go into the post-season with what they’ve got. They made a huge move already in bringing Tyler Toffoli in on Valentine’s Day. It’s been a perfect match and anything to come would be an NHL trade deadline bonus.
Interestingly, though, Sean Monahan’s name popped up on some lists this week. He’s the biggest salary playing the smallest role on the team and would almost certainly have to be part of any big-money addition (like Tomas Hertl).
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After nearly a minute of play where he still had to make more saves, Jonathan Quick finally for the attention of a referee to alert him that his mask had a strap loose. This needs to be sped up and stitched with Benny Hill music.
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Colorado: Joe Sakic and the Colorado Avalanche broke the NHL trade market open by making two trades this week. Josh Manson and Nico Sturm are the newest members of the Avalanche. But that status will likely not stay for the pair as the Avs seem to have a big trade cooking.
Philadelphia: Among the top names at this year’s 2022 NHL Trade Deadline is Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux. Sam Carchidi looks back on Giroux’s Flyers career as he nears what could be the end of his Flyers career. He will play his 1,000th career NHL game Thursday and will likely be traded soon after.
“We would be happy for him,” said Flyers forward Sean Couturier on Giroux’s likely departure.
Montreal: “There’s got to be interest in Jake Allen on the trade front,” said TSN’s Darren Dreger on the Montreal Hockey Now Podcast last week.
The Canadiens and Minnesota Wild are also reportedly discussing Jack McBain.
Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins are one of the top teams interested in Chiarot.
There have also been heavy rumors between the Penguins and Vancouver Canucks given that former Penguins GM Jim Rutherford and assistant GM Patrick Allvin are now in B.C.
Detroit: Could Steve Yzerman end up trading Tyler Bertuzzi at the NHL Trade Deadline?
Boston: Are the Boston Bruins going to end up keeping Jake DeBrusk after all?
San Jose: With the trade deadline inching closer and closer is today the day Tomas Hertl decides whether or not he will resign with the San Jose Sharks?
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Amidst all these NHL trade rumours, Alex Ovechkin continues to climb the NHL’s all-team goal-scoring list as he has officially passed Jaromir Jagr for third all-time after tying him against the Calgary Flames on the same rink Jagr scored his last in the league.
A very special congratulations from Jaromir Jagr to Alex Ovechkin (plus a little surprise at the end). 😉 pic.twitter.com/HGgSlqRTaQ
— NHL (@NHL) March 16, 2022
Ovechkin is now the NHL’s all-time leading European Born NHL goal scorer.
Only Gordie Howe and Wayne Gretzky remain for Ovechkin.