Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stops a shot by Vancouver Canucks centre Brandon Sutter during the first period of an NHL game Tuesday, March 20, 2018, in Las Vegas. Down come the banners as Rogers Arena goes bananas.
If Timra had lost Monday, Dahlen would have played against Arizona and Edmonton.
He might end up at AHL Utica, which is playoff-bound. Entering Wednesday’s games, Edmonton had 127 points from defencemen, 27th in the NHL. One agent said this week he made a list of the five top free-agent centres — John Tavares, Joe Thornton, Paul Stastny, Tyler Bozak, Riley Nash — and made two predictions for each.
“Daniel had been clipped with a high stick,” he said. “Hank used to be chubbier until Danny forced him to work out harder. The Vancouver media said they could easily tell them apart. They have young players with top-six skill — Jonathan Dahlen, Adam Gaudette and Elias Pettersson — who might not be ready for full-time top-six roles.
“I asked Marc what he was so giddy about and he replied, ‘At least I will be able to tell them apart for a few weeks.’” When Derek Dorsett retired, he said that, at his first Canucks’ training camp, Kevin Bieksa pulled out some photos of the twins at a Whistler restaurant. Danny only said ‘exactly’ or ‘absolutely’ for his first five years in the league when speaking English. When the Canucks came to Toronto this season, one of them came up to say hello. How do they bridge that one-, two- or three-year gap?
One possibility is they offer some short-term, bigger-money contracts to the group of available free agents.