The Calgary Flames and GM Brad Treliving rocked the NHL. Not only did Calgary swipe Stanley Cup-winning center Nazem Kadri from the grasp of the New York Islanders, but then unloaded roughed-up center Sean Monahan on the NHL trade block. The Montreal Canadiens were ready and willing to accept Monahan and a first-round pick. The other league-altering news was Carey Price might be done, Nashville will host the awards and draft, the Pittsburgh Penguins elevated Todd Reirden, and we looked at the star players who could hit the NHL trade block this season.
Fun day. Calgary GM Brad Treliving is on a mission. He turned the hurt of losing Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk into a brilliant summer and turned the Flames into stronger Stanley Cup contenders.
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Pittsburgh Hockey Now: The Penguins promoted Todd Reirden to associate head coach. They also added several to the medical/training staff. Pittsburgh Penguins.
The trade rumors are to have some heavyweights this season. The top five players who could be on the NHL trade block.
Steelers Now: The Steelers have a couple of big-play receivers. On Thursday, Mitch Trubisky showed off the deep ball. Pittsburgh Steelers.
Jaylen Warren has been one of the breakouts in camp. Head coach Mike Tomlin wants Kenny Pickett to play with “the varsity players.” Both are preparing for bigger roles. Pittsburgh Steelers.
Pittsburgh Baseball Now: John Perrotto–the dean of Pittsburgh baseball writers–rolled through the Pirates farm system. Did his due diligence. JP dishes the top 30 Pirates prospects.
NHL Trade, News & National Hockey Now
Calgary Hockey Now: A giant leap forward. It was a rebuild done in weeks, not years. It’s a big deal getting Nazem Kadri in Alberta. He’s a perfect fit. Calgary Flames.
NYI Hockey Now: The Islanders didn’t get Johnny Gaudreau. Plan B was Nazem Kadri. Whoops. It’s not that the Islanders missed, but they’re standing pat. Stefen Rosner writes — that’s bad. New York Islanders.
Montreal Hockey Now: The other big stories came from Montreal. Calgary needed to dump salary, and Montreal was waiting with open arms to take Sean Monahan AND a first-round pick for accepting the salary. Montreal Canadiens.
Canadiens GM Kent Hughes admitted the team is not optimistic about Carey Price. His knee is not progressing, and the Canadiens aren’t expecting him to play this season. Montreal Canadiens.
Sportsnet: They picked the wrong day to announce this — The PWHPA announced their upcoming season and new format.
TSN.ca: Kyle Turris retired as a player.
Boston Hockey Now: Bruins fans are not happy campers. Not even close. In a public rankings poll, the fans ripped the management. Boston Bruins.
San Jose Hockey Now: Sources say the Golden Knights will stick with their third and fourth goalies as their No. 1 and 2.