On August 10, 1995, the team formerly known as the Quebec Nordiques was given their new name. And the NHL has never been the same.
Around the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens acquired Jeff Petry (again), but there’s no way they plan to keep him. Where might they be looking to move him to acquire assets?
All that and more in this Friday edition of Evan’s Daily.
Colorado Hockey Now
Very few players stick with one NHL team for their entire careers, but some you certainly associate with one franchise more than the other. We took a look at the five Avalanche players who never looked right in other uniforms.
On Friday, look for and over/under on Ryan Johansen. Can he top J.T. Compher’s numbers from last season?
I’ve also been digging into the Miles Wood film from last year, and I am happier than I thought I would be. Hoping to have that film room/analysis ready on Sunday or Monday.
On August 10, 1995, the Colorado Avalanche were given their name. The NHL and the sporting world quickly heard that name a lot, as the team won the Stanley Cup less than a year later.
THIS DATE IN 1995: The former Quebec Nordiques unveil their new team name and logo as the @Avalanche. The club goes on to cap its first season in Denver by winning the #StanleyCup. #NHLStats pic.twitter.com/sJOfGzQbFh
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) August 10, 2023
NHL Trade Chatter
It would seem highly unlikely that the Montreal Canadiens keep Jeff Petry. So, where could they possibly send him? According to insider Chris Johnston, the Dallas Stars might be an option for him. Montreal can retain 50% and make it worth Dallas’ time. Petry isn’t what he used to be, but would be an interesting pickup for any team at around $2 million a year.
In Washington, the Capitals are still pursuing a top six forward.
National Hockey Now
Pittsburgh: There’s really only one question after the acquisition of Erik Karlsson…are they now a Stanley Cup contender? If you ask me…no, but they’re better.
Boston: After losing their top two centers, moving Trent Frederic might be an option to move back into the middle.
Florida: NHL 24’s cover star should be announced soon…could it be Matthew Tkachuk?
San Jose: Can the Sharks learn anything from the Flyers rebuild?
Vegas: Ivan Barbashev got a big contract this summer, so what should his expectations be?
New Jersey: There will not be another Foote in Colorado, as Cal Foote signed with the Devils on Wednesday.
Carolina: The Hurricanes signed Caleb Jones on Thursday. Eventually, they’ll have to move a defenseman…right?