The Calgary Flames set the market with the Tyler Toffoli trade, but the NHL trade deadline should feature some big-game hunting. Dozens of big-name free agents on middling teams are being shopped. What could the Philadelphia Flyers get for Claude Giroux? And hearing Filip Forsberg’s name is raising eyebrows.
A personal warning. Watch for trolls posting old tweets, and be careful who you classify as an “insider” and the trade “rumours” you bite on.
But let’s get right to the interview Vancouver Hockey Now’s Rob Simmer did with Calgary Flames GM Brad Treliving today in the stands in Vancouver.
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Pittsburgh: How’s this for symmetry–Evgeni Malkin was joking around on Wednesday, though his dream would be cool. He wants Sidney Crosby to assist on his 500th goal. The story from Pittsburgh Penguins practice.
Philly (+): What could Claude Giroux net on the market for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Washington: Filip Forsberg was one that got away in his first trade, when the Washington Capitals infamously dumped him in Nashville for Martin Erat. Oops. It sounds like Forsberg, who already has 26 goals this season, is back on the NHL trade block.
There are some other big names who could be dealt …
Will J.T. Miller be one of them? Twitter was ablaze with rumour accounts claiming Miller would be traded in moments. Vancouver Canucks GM Patrik Allvin said firmly he’s trying to keep Miller. The Calgary Flames were rumoured to be into Miller and Conor Garland before landing Toffoli.
TSN: There are a lot of defensemen (but mostly lefties) on top of the TSN Trade Bait board.
Sportsnet: Even the biggest Toronto haters feel this sad story. Maple Leafs prospect Rodion Amirov was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
The National Hockey Now sends its unconditional support, and we’re sure we’ll cover him on NHL ice one day soon.
San Jose: This seems ridiculous, but it’s true. The San Jose Sharks are NOT rebuilding.
Montreal: These Canadiens have been through hell and back. Injuries. They lost their captain (Shea Weber) to severe injury and retirement, lost their goalie (Carey Price) to injury and personal issues, and played without fans in a very restrictive province. GM gone. Coach gone. And like a dandelion through the sidewalk, with Marty St. Louis as the coach, the Montreal Canadiens have won four in a row.