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Brad Treliving

Report: Flames GM ‘willing to talk about a very big deal’

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The Calgary Flames lost again last night, falling 6-2 at home to the Washington Capitals.

The surprise team of 2014-15 is now 1-5-0 to start 2015-16. The Flames have been outscored 25-12. Their only win wasn’t even in regulation; it came in overtime.

So while it’s no surprise to learn that Flames GM Brad Treliving has been working the phones trying to make a trade, courtesy Sportsnet’s Mark Spector, the names reportedly being thrown around are certainly worthy of a raised eyebrow or two:

No small trade is going to fix his Flames, who are entirely broken right now, and word is out that Treliving is willing to talk about a very big deal if he can find one. We even heard that his conversation with Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman was all about the Lightning’s obvious issues with signing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent Steven Stamkos.

The Flames would be willing to deal a top young player, perhaps Sam Bennett, to acquire Stamkos at this point.

Now, look, nobody’s saying that Stamkos is on his way to Calgary for sure. If you were a GM and you were talking to Yzerman, you’d probably ask how things were going with his pending UFA superstar, too.

But — but! — if Stamkos were to be traded, a young center like Bennett would be exactly the kind of player that Yzerman would no doubt request.

Anyway, Spector lists a few other Flames that could be trade bait (not necessarily as part of a Stamkos deal), so give his story a read.

One thing that Treliving definitely has to do is figure out his goaltending situation. The Flames still have three netminders on the roster, and that’s one too many. Unfortunately, neither Jonas Hiller nor Karri Ramo has played well so far, limiting their trade value, while young Joni Ortio has yet to make an appearance.

Update: 

Ramo is a pending unrestricted free agent with a $3.8 million cap hit.

Jackets confirm hiring of Tortorella, a ‘coach with a proven track record of success’

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The Columbus Blue Jackets have confirmed today’s big news that Todd Richards has been fired as head coach and replaced by John Tortorella.

“After much deliberation and discussion, we have made the very difficult decision late last night to remove Todd Richards as our head coach and we’ve reached an agreement with John Tortorella to join the Columbus Blue Jackets in that capacity,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a release.

“None of us saw our season unfolding the way it has and every one of us from management to coaches to players bears responsibility. There is still a lot of hockey to be played and we believe this change was necessary to give our team the best chance to accomplish the goals we’ve set for this season.”

On his new coach, Kekalainen said: “John Tortorella is an experienced National Hockey League coach with a proven track record of success. He is a Stanley Cup winner and we believe the right person to lead our team at this time.”

The Jackets will hold a press conference shortly.

Red Wings coach: If we keep playing like we’ve played, we’re not a playoff team

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The 3-2-0 Detroit Red Wings may have a winning record after five games, but their coach doesn’t like the way they’re trending.

“We told the team [Monday that] if we have the exact same process this five-game segment, we’re probably not a playoff team,” Jeff Blashill said, per MLIVE. “So our process has to get better and that’s what we’ve tried to work on these last two days.”

Shot totals have to be a statistical concern for Blashill. The Red Wings have yet to register more than 24 in a single game. Overall, they’ve been outshot 167-107.

Not surprisingly, Blashill wants his team to have the puck more in the attacking zone. He’s also had the Wings work on the power play at practice.

The Red Wings play the Oilers tonight in Edmonton. They’re in Calgary Friday and Vancouver Saturday.

Here’s what Patrick Roy doesn’t like about Corsi

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Five games in and Colorado coach Patrick Roy is already on the defensive about his team’s advanced stats.

“The part I don’t like about the Corsi is you could shoot from the redline, or you could shoot from a terrible angle and your Corsi will look good,” Roy said today (video).

While technically true, we’re not aware of any team that actually does just shoot from wherever in hopes of improving its Corsi. That wouldn’t be very smart hockey. By and large, a team’s Corsi is a reasonably good measure of how much it’s controlling the puck.

Anyway, you probably don’t have to be told that the Avalanche don’t have a very good Corsi. In fact, it’s the worst in the league, according to War On Ice.

On Sunday, the Avs (2-3-0) lost 2-1 in Los Angeles and were outshot 40-23. They’ve been outshot in each of the five games they’ve played this season, by a combined margin of 163-121.

“I don’t think it’s because of the numbers of shots we’ve been giving, it’s more of the shots that we’re not taking,” said Roy, who prefers to track scoring chances rather than measures like Corsi or Fenwick.

Of course, the Avs haven’t been very good in that department either, per War on Ice.

Colorado hosts Carolina on Wednesday.

Looks like Vrbata has been reunited with the Sedin twins

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Radim Vrbata joked the other day that maybe he’d “never score again.”

It’s been that kind of a start for Vancouver’s veteran winger, who’s registered 25 shots without a goal this season. Vrbata led the Canucks with 31 tallies last year. Around a third of his goals were scored at five-on-five with the Sedin twins.

And so Vrbata has been reunited with Daniel and Henrik. The trio was reportedly skating together at practice this morning, ahead of a visit Thursday from the Washington Capitals.

Vrbata has spent most of this season on a line centered by 20-year-old Bo Horvat, an attempt by Canucks coach Willie Desjardins to spread the offense around, while also giving Brandon Sutter a chance to gain some confidence with the twins.

But now it’s Vrbata that needs the Sedin boost.

The other three lines at this morning’s practice had Sutter between Alex Burrows and Jannik Hansen, Horvat between Sven Baertschi and Jake Virtanen, and Adam Cracknell centering Brandon Prust and Derek Dorsett.

Related: Daniel Sedin somehow misses open net