It’s Game Day No. 3 for the Calgary Flames and there are some healthy bodies expected to return. That means saying goodbye to Glenn Gawdin, who was put on waivers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, The Flames’ last opponent, the Anaheim Ducks, are fuelling plenty of NHL trade rumours, and we’re all waiting to see what Kotkaniemi does to the already crushed Montreal Canadiens in his dramatic return.
While you’re here, check out my chat with former Calgary Flames goaltender and current TSN hockey analyst and colour commentator Jamie McLennan. He shares insights on Jacob Markstrom and what he might have in common with Miikka Kiprusoff, as well as a good story involving Darryl Sutter.
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NHL News, NHL Trade Rumors, and National Hockey Now
Sportsnet: Elliotte Friedman’s 32 Thoughts consistently churn up NHL trade rumors. The Ducks have a handful of pending UFAs, such as Ryan Getzlaf and Rickard Rackell, and contacts are not close. The New York Rangers tried to get Vitaly Kravtsov to come back to New York, and the Rangers have salary cap hell ahead.
Vegas: Not much good news coming from Vegas lately, but if there’s a silver lining, it’s that Steve Carp says Mark Stone won’t need surgery.
Montreal: The Montreal Canadiens are 0-4. They won’t admit it, but there’s panic at the disco. On Thursday, GM Marc Bergevin ripped his team’s attitude and admitted Shea Weber is a “long shot” ever to play again.
And just for fun, it’s Carolina and Kotkaniemi as their next opponent. What could go wrong?
Detroit: The Red Wings are all Steve Yzerman now. Here’s how Yzerman is building the Red Wings.
Washington: The Washington Capitals chose the harder path and kept Evgeny Kuznetsov. The guy we call dirty bird is now taking flight, and “He’s rekindled that joy…”
San Jose: It used to be a big deal when self-declared still a top player in the world Erik Karlsson returned to Ottawa. The former franchise player is back in Ottawa, but Sheng Peng says, sadly, the feels are gone.
Boston: The Flyers are coming out hot and the Boston University boys now loyal to the orange and black plastered the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Joe Haggerty has the takeaways, the black eyes, and more.