A lot of the trade activity that we were promised in the NHL didn’t come to fruition. Calgary traded one player, and Winnipeg has held on to two of their big trade chips. Meanwhile, Alex DeBrincat is finding out that the grass is not always greener on the other side.
With the Colorado Avalanche, we looked back at day 1 of development camp, with a good story on how prospects tried to sell a product to Sandis Ozolinsh.
All that and more in this Wednesday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
There isn’t a ton to talk about on the ice at development camp, because it’s mostly just drills. The reality is, this is for the Avalanche staff to learn about these players and see what they need to be successful in the future. But one interesting story was how the prospects were asked to come up with a product on the spot and sell it, just like “Shark Tank.” Who were they selling it to? Sandis Ozolinsh. Read about it here.
On Wednesday, I’ll have a story on the very impressive Ondrej Pavel, and that evening, we’ll have the 4 on 4 game in the prospect camp. I’ll also be speaking to Jeremy Hanzel’s WHL coach for a feature on him.
Altitude 950 will have Erik Johnson on at 9:20 AM, as he says goodbye to Colorado. I imagine it will be very good. Make sure to listen in. You can listen online here.
NHL Trade and Free Agency Chatter
Everyone assumed Alex DeBrincat would have been traded by now. Even Alex DeBrincat. It turns out, there aren’t that many NHL teams that want to pay him the money he wants. The Senators gave he and his agent permission to talk to other teams, but they are finding they can’t get that big contract from any other team. It’s pretty fascinating stuff, and Sens GM Pierre Dorion talked about it.
I guess it’s time to name the winners and losers of free agency. Or Sportsnet decided to, at least.
National Hockey Now
Florida: The Panthers defense is going to look a little different next year with all their additions. One of them is Niko Mikkola.
San Jose: Will Smith and Quentin Musty were two nice additions to the Sharks prospect pool. Both of them spoke on Tuesday.
Philadelphia: So apparently Travis Sanheim is not on the trading block anymore, after almost having been traded nearly two weeks ago.
Washington: The Capitals locked up a young defenseman on Tuesday.
Detroit: No one wanted Filip Zadina (and his contract) for free.
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