3 areas of development for the Flames after the All-Star break

The Flames are at their 2023 All-Star break and have placed themselves firmly as a bubble playoff team. With 32 games remaining, and a dogfight stretch drive ahead in the Pacific Division, Calgary has numerous areas they can, and will likely need, to improve in. Highlighted here are the three biggest ones, at least for me.

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The Canucks squeezed as much value as they could have from the Bo Horvat trade

Bo Horvat is no longer a Vancouver Canuck. After 621 games with the organization, Horvat was traded on Monday to the New York Islanders for Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty, and a top-12 protected first round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft. The Canucks are also retaining 25% of Horvat’s contract for this season.

It was obvious that big changes were coming for the Canucks and Horvat’s breakout season meant that the team couldn’t afford to re-sign him. It was crucial that the Canucks t a good return on the 27-year-old All-Star centre to set the foundation for this retool/rebuild of the roster.

All in all, Jim Rutherford and Patrik Allvin did a pretty good job at getting a sizeable package back for Horvat. It was clear that it was going to be difficult to get a monster return. Every team in the league is aware of the Canucks’ cap issues and Horvat’s inflated shooting percentage means that his true value is less than his gaudy goal-scoring pace this season.

Getting a useable middle-six winger, a prospect that immediately becomes one of the best in the organization, and a first round pick is a pretty solid haul. The acquisition of futures such as the first round pick and Raty allows the Canucks to focus on moving money out in the short term while aiming to be competitive down the line.

The Canucks’ poor bargaining position 

The Canucks did not have a ton of leverage when making this trade. The organization has handed out plenty of money over the last 12 months, signing Ilya Mikheyev, J.T. Miller, and Andrei Kuzmenko to significant contracts. Coupled alongside the bloated contracts already on the roster, it was no secret that the Canucks didn’t have much money to play with.

There wasn’t much threat of the Canucks pulling Horvat off the trade market. If they had done so, the odds that he would’ve walked in free agency and left the organization empty-handed were very high. This meant that other teams could wait it out.

The Canucks also didn’t let other teams discuss an extension with Horvat during this process. Lou Lamoriello confirmed in a press conference yesterday that the Islanders had not discussed a new contract with Horvat’s camp. This also likely played a role in how trade negotiations went down.

Breaking down the return 

This three-pronged return is similar to what was being discussed for J.T. Miller last season as it includes a roster player, a prospect, and a first round pick. Although the salary commitment is the same for the Canucks this season due to the 25% of Horvat’s contract they’ll continue to pay, this deal offers some cap relief in the near future.

Anthony Beauvillier has one season on his contract remaining after this one at a cap hit of $4.15 million. After scoring 21 goals in 71 games as an NHL sophomore, his stats have steadily trended downwards. While he’s never broken the 40 point mark, he has scored double digit goals in each of his last five seasons and needs one more this year to make it six.

Aatu Raty is the most intriguing piece of this trade. He was selected 52nd overall in the 2021 NHL Entry Draft and has 15 points in 27 AHL games this season. He’s a centre that possesses a strong shot. He will get a chance to play with some of the organization’s best young talent in Abbotsford for the rest of this season.

Last but not least, trading for a first round pick is a huge milestone for the Canucks’ organization. Finally, the team is acquiring a draft pick instead of sending them away. While the pick may be top-12 protected this year, having it roll over to next season would not be the worst thing for the Canucks. The Islanders are not a great team and have plenty of ageing pieces, meaning they could regress next season.

This trade makes the Canucks a weaker team in the short-term. However, it’s good to see management accept the fact that they’re not going to be contenders for a few seasons at least and make a big move that opens some cap space and brings in young assets.

Setting the foundation

This trade is a great way to start performing the major surgery that this roster needs. The focus now shifts to moving other players in an attempt to receive more of these futures-focused trade packages.

While some may rue the lack of a defenceman in the return, the positional factor can come second. The Canucks are not going to be a Stanley Cup contender for years and getting as much young talent and picks as possible should be the current goal, no matter the position.

To get better, the Canucks are going to need to get worse. They made the best of this bad situation. While it sucks to see Horvat move on, it was a necessary loss to set the stage for what could be a very strong team in a few years time.

Oilersnation Everyday Silly Season Has Begun

Silly season officially began yesterday with the New York Islanders acquiring Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks. The response to the return was mixed, however, the Canucks received Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty and a first round pick from the 2023 NHL Draft. Could this trade now force the hand of other general managers around the NHL, specifically Ken Holland?

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With substantial probably money on the board, Leafs cash in against Caps Muzzys Muzings

John Tavares notched two assists in his 1000th NHL game as the Leafs erupted for four unanswered second period goals on route to a 5-1 beatdown of the Washington Capitals.

With the victory, Toronto (31-12-8), who chased the red-hot Darcy Kuemper after he surrendered four goals on 20 shots, improved to 3-1-0 on its five game homestand.

Furthermore, it took 36 games, but finally, the goal drought is over for Morgan Rielly. The 28-year-old scored for the first time since Game 7 against Tampa last spring. Additionally, Michael Bunting notched a goal and an assist while Ilya Samsonov made 23 stops to beat his former mates for the second time and improve to 15-1-1 on home ice this season.

After missing 10 games with a rib injury, T.J. Brodie tallied an assist and logged 21:15 of ice in his return to the lineup. Meantime, William Nylander potted his 28th to extend his point streak to seven games. Also, Pierre Engvall chipped in with his 10th of the campaign.


12 different Leafs registered at least a point on Sunday night.




First and foremost, I thought the Leafs put on a terrific pre-game ceremony to commemorate John Tavares’ 1000th NHL game. From a young age dating back to when he was granted exceptional status at 15 in the OHL, Tavares has been the epitome of class. He just gets it. If there was ever a night to be distracted, it was this one, but knowing what we know about the captain, of course he played an instrumental role in another Maple Leafs victory. I’ve said it time and time again, right now, Tavares is the perfect captain for this squad. Nothing seems to faze him. It’s remarkable.


If you have a heart, you can’t help but feel good for Morgan Rielly. It took 36 games, but finally, the 28-year-old tallied that elusive first goal of the season. Furthermore, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. If the Leafs are going to do anything substantial this spring, they’ll need their No. 1 defenceman. If you can believe it, that was his first goal since Game 7 against Tampa. Here’s hoping that Rielly’s best hockey this season is ahead of him. That’s a good start. Atta boy, Mo!


After letting the Ottawa game get away from them a bit on Friday night, I thought the Leafs had a really good first period. Despite that, they trailed 1-0 at the intermission after Nick Backstrom’s late power play tally. That said, they deserve a lot of credit for sticking with the program. Ultimately, it paid off for them.


It’s been their bread and butter all season long, and Sunday night was no different. Toronto erupted for four unanswered second period goals to go from a 1-0 deficit after one to a commanding 4-1 lead after two. For some reason, Sheldon Keefe’s squad just has this second period thing figured out, regardless of how the opening 20 goes. The Caps had no answer.





 In their final outing before a nine-day layoff (All-Star Break/Bye Week), the Leafs will host the Boston Bruins (38-7-5) on Wednesday night to finish off their five game homestand (3-1-0). The two Atlantic Division rivals have split their two previous meetings this season with the home team winning both times.


PSA: Don’t forget to check out ‘Leafs Morning Take’ with yours truly, Nick Alberga, and former Leaf Jay Rosehill every weekday morning LIVE at 11 a.m. ET on The Nation Network YouTube page.

Hull has passed away at the age of 84:

NHL legend Bobby Hull dead at 84 Former NHLer Bobby Hull has actually died at the age of 84. On the ice, he was unstoppable and tough over a 23-year pro-career,

however his individual life was ruined by domestic abuse claims and questionable remarks. “I believe it’s just a couple errors that we want we could reclaim, “Neighbours stated.” But it’s something to discover and develop from.” Morrissey had actually yelled” let’s [

bleeping] go” after his very first objective to rally his colleagues. He joked he “sort of blacked out” to explain his cursing. “You can feel the tension in the rink, “Morrissey said.” Obviously fans are getting on us and sometimes truly so, for sure. “But we have a great group, we have a great group of people here and it

simply felt like we were playing a truly good game tonight and not getting rewarded, so I attempted to get a little emotion.” Difference-maker Morrissey, who has a career-high 10 objectives and 43 assists, was named to the dream team representing the Central Division. Hellebuyck was enacted by fans to likewise go to the event in Sunrise, Fla.Jets head

coach Rick Bowness agreed Morrissey kind of took over the game.

” To score 40 seconds after they got that second objective simply turned the entire game around in our favour,” Bowness stated. “That was a hell of a shot and an excellent rush.

” He ‘d been playing that method the entire game. In some cases you step up and be the difference-maker, and he was tonight.”

Winnipeg Jets' Josh Morrissey, centre right, bumps helmets with goaltender Connor Hellebuyck, right, after defeating the St. Louis Blues.
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( Fred Greenslade/The Canadian Press) In the only game on the NHL’s Monday schedule, there was no scoring in the very first duration however great deals of squandered opportunities.After the Blues showed up empty on the video game’s first power play, the Jets were handed a four-minute male advantage when Alexandrov was dented with a double small for high-sticking Jets forward Kyle Connor in the face.The prolonged power play was a bust, with the Jets only getting one shot on Binnington.The St. Louis netminder then foiled shots by Pierre-Luc Dubois and Maenalanen.” He was obviously a huge part of why we

were in that game the entire game,” Blues defenceman Colton Parayko stated of Binnington.” He made some big conserves early on, huge conserves throughout the video game.”‘ We just didn’t handle it sufficient’ The Jets had another set of power plays in the first half of the second period

, however a total of 6 shots could not manage Binnington.St. Louis made great on its next power play.Binnington sent the puck to Nick Leddy, who made a stretch pass to Neighbours that he utilized for a backhand shot to beat Hellebuyck at 14:36.” Our kill was actually good and we got a power-play goal there. It was a good play,” Blues head coach Craig Berube stated.

” Kind of hanging in there with a quite diminished lineup, you understand. You’ve got to handle things and we just didn’t manage it sufficient.” The Blues took 2 fast penalties, however the Jets could not strike with a 25-second two-man benefit nor the five-on-four. Winnipeg outshot the visitors 19-7 in

the middle frame, but was 0-for-6 on the power play after 40 minutes. St. Louis was 1-for-2. VIEW

Jets beat Blues as Morrissey, Scheifele lead rally:

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of Famer Bobby Hull” >< img srcset=" https://thumbnails.cbc.ca/maven_legacy/thumbnails/442/115/HullB_ (1). Prior to the Jets faced the Blues, a video homage is played to honour Bobby Hull who passed away on Monday at the age of 84. The scoring legend spent 8 seasons with the Jets, the last when the club combined with the NHL.Up next the Jets host Chicago on Feb. 11.

2023 Calgary Flames trade targets More top nine forwards

At the beginning of January, I wrote a Calgary Flames trade targets article featuring some top nine forward options. Since that article has been released, there have been some changes to that list, and changes in the trade market as a whole. With that in mind, I thought it would be a good idea to update the list of potential trade targets for the Flames.

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Headed for Abbotsford, here are all 9 of the Canucks newest prospect Aatu Ratys goals this season

The Vancouver Canucks pulled the trigger on a Bo Horvat trade and acquired a top-12 protected 2023 first-round pick, 25-year-old Anthony Beauvillier and 20-year-old Aatu Raty.

We will have to wait to see what the first-round pick becomes and as for Beauvillier, he is a 5’11” left winger who has nine goals and 11 assists through 49 games this season.

Easily the most interesting piece in the trade is 20-year-old C/W Raty. General manager Patrik Allvin spoke with the media tonight about what the club likes about Raty.

“Our scouting staff really liked him in his draft year,” said Allvin. “He was a highly rated player, struggled a little bit in the end of this draft year, which I think is why he slid out of the first round. But he had such a strong draft year plus one back in Finland there having a point per game, I believe in the top league there and then came back and played really strong at the World Juniors.

“We like the size, 6’2 centre, competitive, good two way game, a lot of details. For a young player to step in right away from Europe and play the way he has done in New York here for 12 games is pretty impressive. That being said, it’s up to us here, I believe we have our development staff in place and our coaching staff to help him to become a full-time NHL player here and when the time is right, we’re gonna help them with that.”

Ratu has appeared in 12 NHL games and 27 AHL games this season. Through those 39 professional games in North America, Raty has scored nine goals.

Here is what they look like!

AHL Goals (7)

NHL Goals (2)

We will have a more in-depth scouting report on Aatu Raty coming soon to CanucksArmy.

But from what we can see in these clips, the kid has a nice-looking release and some pretty good hands. His speed is good on a few of those bursts in the AHL but we will have to watch more video on him to really have a full breakdown of what the Canucks are getting with Raty.

Keep it locked here on CanucksArmy for all the latest news as we are all hard at work to blast out as much content as possible in the coming hours!

NHL Notebook Vancouver Canucks trade Bo Horvat to New York Islanders, Edmonton Oilers have interest in Shayne Gostisbehere as well as Nick Bjugstad and more

The Bo Horvat era in Vancouver is over.

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