Calgary Flames playoff hopes take hit as Giordano placed on IR

Jared Clinton
Mark Giordano (Photo by 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

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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

Rumor Roundup: Blackhawks not done, Zuccarello trade talk heats up

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The Chicago Blackhawks wasted little time utilizing the nearly $6 million in cap relief from superstar Patrick Kane going on long-term injured reserve. On Friday, they acquired veteran defenseman Kimmo Timonen from the Philadelphia Flyers for a 2015 second-round pick and a conditional 2016 pick. The following day, they shipped minor-league defenseman Klas Dahlbeck and a 2015 first-round pick to Arizona for forward Antoine Vermette.

Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman might not be done dealing. Backup goalie Antti Raanta could be a trade chip. Chicago Sun-Times columnist Mark Lazerus notes Raanta, 25, was recently demoted to the minors while Scott Darling was called up as Corey Crawford’s backup. Lazerus wonders if Raanta still has a future with the Blackhawks. Read more

From Eva Mendes to Brian Burke, trade deadline day is a wacky ride at TSN

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By Jamie Duthie

The phone rings at 3:45 a.m. Sorry pings, not rings (it is March 9, 2004, and I have an old-school Blackberry). You know those sudden jolting wake-ups that interrupt the sweetest, deepest of dreams? One second you’re rubbing sunscreen on Eva Mendes’ back while she lies in the sand…of the bunker beside 18 at Augusta where you just won your third Green Jacket…wearing a mask and flippers for the entire final round (I have no idea)…and PING! PING! PING!

Suddenly Eva’s gone and you jump up in your bed and have no idea where you are or why it sounds like there are five fire trucks in your room.

I finally grasp that it is my phone and not Ladders 65-68 driving under the bed. PING! PING! PING!

“Wha…Uhh…Helloooo?

“James, it’s Mark.”

Mark? Mark who? Mark Ward or Mark Tadiello, my two best friends from high school? Mark Messier? Mark’s Work Warehouse saying my polar fleece socks are in? Mark Wahlberg? (I’m still groggy.)

“Wha…what time is it?”

“It’s 3:45. You need to get in right now.” (Oh. Mark Milliere. My boss.) “It’s been a crazy night. Todd Bertuzzi badly injured Steve Moore. We’re going on early.”

“How early?”

“As soon as you get here.” Read more

Chicago acquires Antoine Vermette from Arizona for first-round pick, Klas Dahlbeck

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Antoine Vermette  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Antoine Vermette didn’t have to wait until Monday to find out where he’s going to finish the 2014-15 season.

Late Saturday, the Chicago Blackhawks and Arizona Coyotes came to terms on a deal involving the veteran center. The trade sees defensive prospect Klas Dahlbeck and a first-round pick in 2015 going to the Coyotes, meeting what Arizona was reportedly demanding for Vermette.

Vermette, 32, was one of the big prizes this deadline, and the acquisition by the Blackhawks appears to be a sign the team intends on spending every last dollar of the cap relief they received when winger Patrick Kane went down with a shoulder injury and was subsequently placed on long-term injured reserve. Read more

Steve Mason allows goal from center ice seven seconds into game, is saved by offside

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Steve Mason’s favorite player in the entire league as of Saturday night is New York Rangers winger Chris Kreider. Why, you ask? Kreider saved Mason from officially allowing a laugher from center ice, that’s why.

Just seven seconds in to Saturday’s game against the Rangers, Derek Stepan collected a loose puck in the neutral zone, spun and rifled it down into Philadelphia’s zone. The puck then skipped, hopped, bounced, dipped, dove and found its way through Mason and into the net.

Judging by Mason’s reaction after allowing the goal, Kreider might be getting a gift from a secret admirer in the next couple of days. Watch the goal below: Read more

Five trade deadline deals that absolutely flopped

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With the trade deadline days away, everyone has taken the time to reflect on the deadline deals that were blockbusters, those that changed a team’s fate or gave them a boost on their road to the Stanley Cup and even looked back at who won long-term.

But what about those deals that looked big at the time but ended up being colossal flops? Not every deal can be a gem and, for one GM in particular, there have been quite a few that looked like they could have made an impact at the time but turned into absolutely nothing.

What constitutes a deadline day flop? The trade has to involve a number of moving parts because, let’s be honest, while a player-for-player deal with two stars is fun, a five- or six-player deal can be much more interesting. In addition, a flop means the trade didn’t work out for either squad, or the team that was supposed to be the buyer, getting the player they believe will put them over the top, has to have the deal backfire badly. Read more