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Devils Daily: The One with the Mass Exodus in Calgary

Lindholm, Hanifin, Backlund, and Toffoli want out of Calgary



Newark, NJ – There’s a mass exodus brewing in Calgary. Last summer, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk opted to play for new clubs in the Columbus Blue Jackets and Florida Panthers respectively. Following a disappointing 2022-23 season, a mass exodus in Calgary looks to be continuing this summer.

Per reports by DailyFaceoff’s Frank Seravalli, Noah Hanifin, Elias Lindholm, Mikhael Backlund, and Tyler Toffoli all informed the Flames that they prefer to either be traded away or will not re-sign to stay with the organization. GM Craig Conroy appears to have an even busier summer ahead than former GM Brad Treliving did last year.

This was the final of four tweets by Seravalli yesterday ⬇️

This, and plenty of more news to catch up on in today’s daily.

Let’s dive in.

New Jersey Devils

New Jersey Hockey Now: The Devils are reportedly in on Connor Hellebuyck. However, Vitek Vanecek had a quality 2022-23 regular season. NJHN chats with former NHL goaltender and DailyFaceoff analyst, Mike McKenna, about whether the Devils can succeed with Vanecek and if they even need Hellebuyck.

NJ Advance Media: Devils AGM Dan MacKinnon tells Ryan Novozinsky that it’s possible Walsh leaves the New Jersey organization via “a trade early on in the season” or “maybe through waivers.”

Additionally, it looks like training camp dates are set.

National Hockey Now

Boston Bruins

Boston Hockey Now: David Krejci has been a career Bruin in his time in the NHL. He returned last season from playing overseas, however, now it appears he’s leaning toward retirement.

Colorado Avalanche

Colorado Hockey Now: It sounds like there will be a new current longest-tenured Avalanche player. According to reports, Colorado is leaning toward not re-signing Erik Johnson.

Florida Panthers

Florida Hockey Now: Spencer Knight has been enrolled in the NHL/NHLPA player assistance program on Feb. 24. The 22-year-old goaltender is back on the ice, however, and intends to return to the Panthers next season.

Washington Capitals

Washington Hockey Now: Calgary Wranglers head coach, Mitch Love, has been extremely successful at the AHL level. So much so, he doesn’t have much left to prove at the lower level. According to reports, Love is to join Spencer Carbury behind the Capitals bench.

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