Which GMs were “working the room” at today’s meeting?


From Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:


Garrioch has sources saying both were working the room big time, which conjures up images of two yacht salesman at the boat show trying to peddle their wares. “Can I interest you in a 46-foot Rene Bourque?”

That said, Feaster and Howson probably found a few semi-interested buyers. In the last week alone we’ve heard Mike Yeo rip the Wild, Jack Capuano rip the Islanders, Claude Noel rip the Jets and one GM tell CBC’s Elliotte Friedman “there are a lot of us who don’t like our teams.”

If you’re betting on one GM to strike a deal before the other, put your money on Howson. He’s only got three players with no-movement or no-trade clauses (Rick Nash, Jeff Carter and James Wisniewski) and a bunch of veterans coming off the books at year’s end: Kristian Huselius, Samuel Pahlsson, Vinny Prospal and Radek Martinek, all potential playoff rentals.

Feaster, meanwhile, has his hands tied. A ridiculous number of Flames have movement clauses — Bourque, Jarome Iginla, Alex Tanguay, Matt Stajan, Olli Jokinen, Curtis Glencross, Jay Bouwmeester, Mark Giordano, Cory Sarich, Anton Babchuk and Mikka Kiprusoff — which makes you wonder if anybody on Calgary’s negotiating team knew what the acronyms NTC and NMC stood for.

‘Yotes return Dylan Strome to OHL

Dylan Strome, Nikita Nikitin
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The Arizona Coyotes have returned Dylan Strome to the Erie Otters of the OHL.

Strome, 18, was the third overall pick in the 2015 NHL draft.

The 6’3, 185 pounder was hoping to stick with the Coyotes this season, but the team decided to take the conservative approach with their top prospect.

Strome will look to build off an incredible junior season that saw him score 45 goals and 129 points in 68 games.

Strome seems to be taking the demotion in stride.

The team also announced that they’ve assigned goaltender Louis Domingue and forward Matthias Plachta to their AHL affiliate in Springfield.

Domingue, 23, had a 1-2-1 record with a 2.73 goals-against-average and a .911 save percentage in seven games last season.

Plachta, a free agent signing, will begin his first pro season in North America. The 24-year-old had 14 goals and 35 points in the German League last season.


Detroit places Datsyuk and three others on I.R.

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The Red Wings have placed Pavel Datsyuk, Darren Helm, Danny DeKeyser and Alexey Marchenko on injured reserve.

Placing these players on I.R. opens up four more roster spots for Detroit.

The Red Wings have suffered an incredibe amount of injuries heading into the season.

Datsyuk (ankle) is expected to be out until November.

DeKeyser (foot) is going to miss three-to-four weeks, while Helm (concussion) and Marchenko (lower-body) are considered day-to-day.

The team also announced that they have reduced their training camp roster to 27 players on Sunday.

Top prospect Dylan Larkin remains in camp for now.

Coach Jeff Blashill told reporters that the 19-year-old has looked good, but a final decision hasn’t been made on where he will play this year.

As for Larkin, he’s just fed up of living in a hotel.

“There’s been so much speculation and so many questions, and no one really knows,” said Larkin. “Maybe the coaches know, but just to find out where I’ll be living or what’s happening — I’m kind of sick of the hotel. It would be nice to know what’s going on.”