Rumor Roundup: Ducks, Flames, Avs, and Jackets looking for quick fix

Anaheim Ducks Announce Bruce Boudreau

A month into this new NHL season, the Anaheim Ducks, Calgary Flames, Colorado Avalanche, and Columbus Blue Jackets find themselves mired near the bottom of the league’s overall standings. While it’s rumored they’re shopping around for help, they’ve yet to find trade partners willing to assist them.

In an interview with USA Today, TSN insider Bob McKenzie reported Anaheim Ducks GM Bob Murray was trying to make a deal, but he’s unwilling to do anything rash. He also believed the Blue Jackets are still in the market for a defenseman. Earlier in the week, McKenzie named the Avalanche among several teams with interest in demoted Edmonton Oilers blueliner Nikita Nikitin.

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Zuccarello, Weise have big offensive nights

Mats Zuccarello (Jamie Sabau/NHLI via Getty Images)

The hats were flying last night and it was as a result of two unlikely marksmen.

New York Rangers right winger Mats Zuccarello and Montreal Canadiens right winger Dale Weise recorded their first career hat tricks in separate victories.

The Rangers defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-1 on the strength of three Zuccarello goals, the final one into an empty net.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault reunited Zuccarello with linemates Rick Nash and Derick Brassard for the first time in five games and the move paid off handsomely. The trio combined for nine points as Nash and Brassard each had three assists.

As a result, it marked the first time since March 30, 1975 that a Ranger scored at least three goals that were assisted by the same two players, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Steve Vickers scored four with help from Jean Ratelle and Rod Gilbert.

Zuccarello’s hat trick was also the second in the NHL by a Norwegian player, according to Sportsnet. Espen Knutsen of the Columbus Blue Jackets was the first do in 2002.
Zuccarello now has seven goals this season and 52 in 233 career regular season games.

With the win, the Rangers improved their record to 7-2-2 and sit atop the Metropolitan Division, two points clear of the Washington Capitals.

Weise’s goals helped the Canadiens paste the Calgary Flames 6-2 and improve their NHL-best record to 10-2-0.

Dale Weise (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

Dale Weise (Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)

Weise opened the scoring in the first period and closed out the scoring in the third, both times receiving assists from linemates Tomas Fleischmann and David Desharnais.

He netted his other goal in the second period when he beat Flames goalie Joni Ortio after he forced a turnover in the Calgary zone.

The goals gave Weise six on the season and 29 in 270 career games.

Zuccarello and Weise became the eighth and ninth players to record hat tricks this season. They joined Evgeny Kuznetsov (Washington), Jason Spezza (Dallas), Zach Parise (Minnesota), Joel Ward (San Jose), Mikkel Boedker (Arizona), Anthony Duclair (Arizona) and Justin Abdelkader (Detroit).

Flames’ Jonas Hiller injured after Senators’ Bobby Ryan crashes into net

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Jonas Hiller (Gerry Thomas/NHLI via Getty Images)

The Calgary Flames have only won twice in their first 10 outings, and things might not get any easier as netminder Jonas Hiller could be sidelined with a lower-body injury suffered in Wednesday’s game against the Ottawa Senators.

Hiller’s injury occurred with less than eight minutes remaining in the third frame of a 4-4 game. Ottawa’s Bobby Ryan, who was driving toward’s the Calgary net, collided with Hiller after he was pushed into the crease by a backchecking Michal Frolik.

When Frolik bumped Ryan, the Senators right winger was flung headfirst into the net and it appeared his legs caught the post on impact. For Hiller, his legs were caught behind him and pushed into the netting immediately following the collision: Read more

Craig Anderson’s robbery of Johnny Gaudreau was a game-saver

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Craig Anderson  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/NHLI via Getty Images)

At times last night, it appeared as though neither the Senators or Flames wanted to win the game. It was a back-and-forth affair with late lead changes and naturally that meant overtime. One player who would not be denied in the end was Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson. Check out the magic trick he pulls on Johnny Gaudreau as the Calgary sniper lay in wait during the extra frame:

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Rumor Roundup: Struggling Flames dangling defensemen

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As the losses continue to mount for the Calgary Flames (2-7-0 in nine games entering Wednesday’s contest against the Ottawa Senators), there’s growing media chatter claiming management is shopping around for help.

TSN’s Pierre LeBrun is the latest to dismiss talk of the Flames looking into the availability of Tampa Bay Lightning star Steven Stamkos, citing sources from both clubs denying the rumor. He believes Flames GM Brad Treliving is working the phones and could draw upon his blueline depth for trade bait. However, LeBrun feels Treliving won’t make a panic move.

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Rumor Roundup: The more the Flames struggle, the more the trade winds blow

Jiri Hudler (Gerry Thomas/Getty Images)

The rebuilding Calgary Flames confounded the experts in 2014-15, reaching the playoffs and advancing to the second round. Expectations were high entering this season, but a 2-6-0 start has GM Brad Treliving reportedly seeking help for his flickering Flames.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector stirred up the rumor mill last week claiming Treliving sought a major deal, suggesting the Flames GM had interest in Tampa Bay Lightning star (and pending free agent) Steven Stamkos. TSN’s Bob McKenzie doesn’t doubt Treliving contacted Lightning GM Steve Yzerman, but doesn’t believe they spoke about Stamkos.

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Rumor Roundup: Stamkos to Flames talk makes no sense

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Steven Stamkos  (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

Pre-season speculation over Steven Stamkos‘ future with the Tampa Bay Lightning had largely flickered to embers by mid-October. However, a report linking the Lightning captain to the Calgary Flames set the rumor mill alight.

Sportsnet’s Mark Spector claims Flames GM Brad Treliving is seeking a major trade to bolster his struggling club, which dropped four of its first five games. He suggests Treliving’s conversation with Lightning GM Steve Yzerman was about his “obvious issues” in re-signing the 25-year-old Stamkos before he becomes an unrestricted free agent next July.

One of those issues is the belief Stamkos and head coach Jon Cooper don’t see eye-to-eye. Much of that speculation originated from Toronto during last spring’s playoffs, serving to ramp up conjecture that Stamkos might “come home” by joining the Maple Leafs next summer. While belief of a feud between Stamkos and Cooper still lingers among some pundits, no tangible public evidence of discord exists. Read more