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The Daily: Did Flames Ownership Kill Markstrom Deal?; Ruff Fired



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New Jersey Devils fans are probably expecting, or at least hoping, the team renews negotiations with the Calgary Flames for the possible acquisition of goalie Jacob Markstrom.

But based on writer Frank Seravalli reporting it may be difficult to resurrect those trade talks. Seravalli said a deal was previously reached between Flames GM Craig Conroy and Devils GM Tom Fitzgerald, but it was nixed by Calgary ownership.

Calgary Hockey Now provides more detail about the Seravalli’s reporting and the story.

The Devils have a skilled roster, but are eight points out of a playoff spot. They fired coach Lindy Ruff Monday. What they need most is a dependable goalie. The Flames want to retool their roster.

Red Wings In Case You Missed

  • Detroit Red Wings captain Dylan Larkin will be sidelined two weeks with an undisclosed lower body injury. He was hurt in the loss to the Florida Panthers.
  • Bob Duff chronicles the career of former Red Wings player Tim Ecclestone who died this week.
  • How the Red Wings respond to their losses to the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers is what matters now.
  • Paywall story: Tim Robinson has a good read about how Marco Kasper has developed during the Grand Rapids Griffins 18-game point streak. To subscribe to paywall stories, click here. We are offering a $10 discount this week on subscriptions. Use the promo code kevin10 to receive your discount.

Red Wings Next Game

The Red Wings, with Joe Veleno taking over Larkin’s top line and penalty killing duties, play the Colorado Avalanche Wednesday. The Avalanche have won three of their last four, while Detroit has lost its last two after putting together a six-game winning streak.

Hockey Now Network

Boston: The Boston Bruins did the Red Wings a favor by downing the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Red Wings are still hoping to catch the Maple Leafs for third in the Atlantic Division.

Colorado: Goalie Justus Annunen’s strong play for the Colorado Avalanche is going to earn him more starts, maybe one against Detroit on Wednesday.

Montreal: Marc Dumont   the Montreal Canadiens trade options before Friday’s 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline.

New Jersey: GM Tom Fitzgerald, with his team eight points out of a playoff spot, fired coach Lindy Ruff Monday. New Jersey Devils. 

Philadelphia: The Philadelphia Flyers might be interested in a Martin Jones reunion. They are looking at goalie options.

Pittsburgh: The Pittsburgh Penguins are trade deadline sellers for the first time since 2006. Dave Molinari writes about what’s important for GM Kyle Dubas as he moves pieces this week.

San Jose Sharks: Sheng Peng offers the San Jose Sharks trade deadline day predictions.