According to Calgary Flames head coach Glenn Gulutzan, superstar forward Johnny Gaudreau has flown home to deal with a family matter and will not play tomorrow night against the Los Angeles Kings.
It’s unclear just exactly what the personal matter is, but typically these types of situations are rarely good news. We’ll avoid speculating until more information surfaces.
According to Flames broadcaster and Sportsnet 960 reporter Derek Willis, Gaudreau also missed the team's practice today when he received the news and has flown back home to New Jersey to deal with the matter. Again, we can only speculate, so at this point in time we're just putting out positive energy for Johnny and the entire Gaudreau family.
The 24 year old Gaudreau leads the Flames in scoring this season with 23 goals and 82 points in 76 games. Despite establishing a new career high in points this season, it’s been a tough go for Gaudreau and the Flames in 2017-18. A midseason injury to starting goalie Mike Smith has seemingly derailed the team to the point where qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs now seems like a total pipe dream.
More on this story to come.
Hathaway and Dillon throw BOMBS in fight of the season
This is a true heavyweight tilt! Old school hockey!
In case you missed it, San Jose Sharks defenseman Brendan Dillon and Calgary Flames forward Garnet Hathaway went at it last night in San Jose during the Sharks’ 5-1 victory, in what might be the best fight of the 2017-18 season.
The scrap went down late in the game with the Sharks already cruising to victory, but clearly Dillon wanted to get more out of this game. Check out this old school throw down:
Bombs! From both sides! Dillon dominates early and even manages to pop Hathaway’s bucket with a couple huge right hands. But wait! Hathaway mounts a comeback and lands some big shots of his own. If we have to, we’ll probably give the edge to Dillon, but this was a old fashioned slobber knocker where both men tag and get tagged multiple times. In other words: this is just good old school hockey.
We love it!