Calgary Flames playoff hopes take hit as Giordano placed on IR

Jared Clinton
Mark Giordano (Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames announced Sunday afternoon they have placed defenseman and Norris Trophy contender Mark Giordano on the injured reserve with an upper-body injury, and it couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Flames and their fans.

Following action Saturday, Calgary sat a mere three points out of the second and final wild-card spot in the Western Conference, but with Minnesota, the team currently occupying that final spot, playing their best hockey of the season and Calgary losing their best blueliner, playoff hopes look bleak.

No matter which side of the fence you stand on – if you believe the Calgary Flames are a team that caught some lucky breaks or you think they’re the kind of never-say-die team that has scratched and clawed their way into playoff contention – everyone can agree that Calgary would have been a shell of a team they currently are without Giordano. Read more

Curtis Glencross dealt to Capitals for second, third-round picks

Jared Clinton
Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

After seven seasons as a Calgary Flame, unrestricted free agent-to-be Curtis Glencross is heading to Washington.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reported early Sunday afternoon that the Capitals have acquired the two-time 20-goal man in exchange for second- and third-round picks in the 2015 draft. Glencross, 32, has nine goals and 28 points this season in 53 games with the Flames, and could find his fit in Washington’s top-six as soon as tomorrow.

Earlier in the season it appeared Calgary and Glencross would work toward a new deal, but news came as the Monday trade deadline approached that the winger had submitted a list of teams that he would be willing to accept a trade to and the Flames would look to move him. Read more

THN Trade Deadline preview: Pacific Division

Jeff Petry (Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)

The Anaheim Ducks may be running away with the division title, but it’s the recent surge by the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings that is the story right now. Following eight straight wins, Los Angeles has gone from the outside looking in to nipping at the heels of the Vancouver Canucks for second place in the Pacific.

And if the wild-card race wasn’t tight enough in the Western Conference with the play of the Minnesota and Winnipeg in the Central, San Jose and Calgary only a breath back of the Wild for the final wild-card berth.

At the bottom of the table sits Edmonton, set for yet another year of building for the future, and Arizona, shedding weight in favor of a youth movement in hopes the team can become a consistent contender in the near future. Both squads have players that are ready to move, and it could end up being they are dealt within the division. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Vermette, Glencross and Petry deals close

Curtis Glencross (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Arizona Coyotes center Antoine Vermette still tops the list of best available player on the trade market. Prized for his two-way skills and ability to play center or wing, interest remains high in the 32-year-old forward.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch links Vermette to the Montreal Canadiens, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers and Boston Bruins, suggesting the Pittsburgh Penguins could also get into the bidding. Read more

Top 10 big names likely to be traded before the deadline

Antoine Vermette  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Let the wheelin’ and dealin’ begin! Here are the remaining 10 big-time players most likely to find new NHL homes by March 2:

RYAN O’REILLY
Colorado Avalanche, center
Contract status: 1 year @ $6M
Good fit for…ARI, BUF, FLA, MTL, WPG

Although some think O’Reilly, 24, could make the jump to become a bona fide No. 1 center, many pro scouts view him more as a tremendous second-line pivot. He’s a solid two-way forward with exceptional discipline (he had just two penalty minutes in 80 games last season), and he’s not a rental, with one season left on a two-year, $12-million contract. The Avs need a young defenseman in return. It’s more a matter of when he’s traded, not if. Read more

Flames prospect Sam Bennett to make OHL season debut tonight

Sam Bennett (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/NHLI via Getty Images)

He’ll be taking a bus to the game instead of a charter flight, his sweater will have a big ‘K’ on the front instead of a ‘C’ and he’ll be playing with teenagers instead of men, but when you go 145 days between games the way Sam Bennett has, it’s impossible not to be excited.

Bennett draws into the Kingston Frontenacs lineup tonight in Belleville for his Ontario League season debut tonight – and his home debut against the Sudbury Wolves Friday night – 4 ½ months after undergoing surgery on his left shoulder while in training camp with the Calgary Flames. And if the fourth overall pick is harboring any bitterness about not having a chance to play in the NHL this season, he’s doing a very good job of hiding it. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Next moves for Maple Leafs, Glencross trade on the horizon

Toronto Maple Leafs' Joffrey Lupul

As the NHL trade deadline draws nearer, expectation is growing over possible moves by the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their mid-February trading of Cody Franson and Mike Santorelli to the Nashville Predators is considered the first of several significant moves as the Leafs begin a long-overdue rebuild.

The Toronto Sun’s Rob Longley reports “many players”, led by winger Daniel Winnik, center Tyler Bozak, defenseman Roman Polak and perhaps goaltender Jonathan Bernier, could be playing elsewhere soon. Read more