The Calgary Flames could use some balanced scoring. They have 10 even-strength goals – 11 total – and nine of them have been scored by Elias Lindholm (6) and Andrew Mangiapane (3). So with Phil Kessel on the NHL trade block, should the Flames be exploring the idea of adding him? Meanwhile, Toronto Maple Leafs fans are angry enough to toss jerseys on the ice and Marc-Andre Fleury must be lamenting his decision NOT to retire right now with the Chicago Blackhawks.
The Flames take on the New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils back to back Monday and Tuesday, so we’ll see who may help cut into that 90 per cent goal hoarding stat.
NHL Trade Talk, News & National Hockey Now:
GoPHNX: Craig Morgan notes there are a lot of eyes watching Phil Kessel as the sniper sits on the NHL trade block. Kessel wants out, and there were 15 scouts watching Kessel on the top power-play. Should the Calgary Flames seriously consider Kessel (salary implications aside for now) if nothing else pans out?
Toronto: It was All or Nothing last year. This year it seems like The Toronto Maple Leafs are all playing for nothing. The heartless start dredged up the playoff failures and the heat is on the Maple Leafs.
Detroit: Move over Stevie Y. Super rookie Lucas Raymond’s four points put him in the company of Red Wings legends.
Sportsnet: It was a loss, but it was loud, exciting, and everything you’d hope. The Seattle Kraken home debut was something to behold.
Vegas: Is it the Marc-Andre Fleury curse? The Vegas Golden Knights have lost four in a row. The New York Islanders shut them down and shut them out, 2-0.
NYI: If fans in Vegas is fading Robin Lehner, the Panda is still hugely popular on Long Island–where he had his career resurgence. The Islanders fans still love him.
Pittsburgh: The Brian Burke effect finally arrived in Pittsburgh. On the eve of camp, the expected Penguins lines were not very big. Despite a summer of talking about size and physicality, the Penguins didn’t have any. But now they do, and GM Ron Hextall will have some decisions to make to keep Brian Boyle and Drew O’Connor.