Last night’s action was somewhat lost in the announcement of the Corey Perry extension with the Anaheim Ducks (more on that later) but the action that did take place on the ice provided us with plenty of headlines.
First up we’ll stop in Dallas where it might be high time the Calgary Flames consider blowing up their roster and rebuilding. They are a great team on home ice, having won seven straight at the Dome. But they are awful on the road having lost seven in a row including last night’s affair to the Dallas Stars by a 4-3 score.
The trade rumors are rampant around Jarome Iginla who hasn’t scored in a few games. He’s admitted that he hears all the chatter and it has to be distracting for him. Does he waive his no-trade clause or do the Flames try and re-sign him, hoping for a late playoff push? The club has two more games on this road trip before going home for one against the St. Louis Blues and then heading out on the road for a date with the Chicago Blackhawks. It doesn’t get any easier and the writing may be on the wall for Jay Feaster.
Staying in the Northwest division, the Minnesota Wild are the clear leaders after defeating the Vancouver Canucks 3-1. The victory puts the Wild two points up the Canucks who appear to be searching for their identity as of late. In desperate need of a top line centreman, the Canucks will be worth watching at this year’s trade deadline and need to do something if they wish to enter the playoffs as one of the top three seeds.
The Los Angeles Kings have to be frustrated with the Anaheim Ducks. The defending champs have been playing lights out hockey as of late and still remain twelve points back of the Ducks for the division lead. Granted the Kings started out slow this year, some say a hangover from their championship, but the Ducks have only lost three times in regulation.
Last night the Ducks made the San Jose Sharks another victim with a 5-3 win while the Kings are trying to keep stride with a 4-0 win over the Phoenix Coyotes.
With both Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry signed to long-term deals the Ducks shouldn’t have any further distractions which is a scary thought considering how well this team is playing.