Once again, the Boston Bruins sit atop the Eastern standings with a near-perfect 6-0-1 record. And that’s even if Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci weren’t back this season after announcing their retirement.
On the darker side of the NHL, in the lower reaches of the standings, we find the Edmonton Oilers (1-5-1) at 31ᵉ rank and the Calgary Flames (2-5-1) at 30ᵉ rank. Only the San Jose Sharks (0-7-1) have a worse record.
The Flames’ woes have prompted a reaction from one of the club’s players, who is very disappointed with the way his team is playing.
That player is Nikita Zadorov, and he didn’t beat around the bush about it.
Nikita Zadorov of the #Flames didn’t mince words about the team’s recent performance:
Following tonight’s 3-0 loss to the #Blues, Zadorov expressed, “I just want to apologize to our fans. We’re playing like shit right now. It’s tough to watch.”
And on Tuesday, he remarked,…
– Josh Clark (@JoshClarkNHL) October 27, 2023
“I just want to apologize to the fans. We’re playing like crap right now. It’s hard to watch us play.” – Nikita Zadorov
The Russian was quick to criticize his team’s work.
However, he was keen to reassure everyone that he wasn’t targeting any of his team-mates in particular, and was merely pointing out that the team in general is having a lot of trouble.
He also mentioned that it’s only the start of the season, but that there’s work to be done.
“There are only six games played, but we’re still in the process of identifying who really wants to stay with this team and give everything in the process.” – Nikita Zadorov
I think it’s worth taking the time to remember that the CH owns the Flames’ (conditional) first-round pick in 2025, and that he could become this year’s first-round pick if the Tricolore is willing.
The pick actually comes with a lot of strings attached. So here’s a summary from CapFriendly to help us understand the pick.
So, for the Flames’ pick to become the CH’s pick this season, the Flames need to finish between the 20ᵉ and 32ᵉ positions.
From there, it’s up to the Habs to decide whether to take that pick, or wait until next year, when there are other conditions that make the whole thing quite complicated, as you can see above in the photo.
The way the Flames have started the season, there doesn’t seem to be much chance that 2024 will be the year the Tricolore will pick twice in the first round, unless another pick is obtained during the season.
In short, Zadorov has every reason to criticize his club’s work, but he too will have to improve his game.
In a flurry
– The Rocket players are getting a little active with a few different sports and workouts.
– Rocket de Laval (@RocketLaval) October 28, 2023
– Very impressive.
– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) October 28, 2023
– After receiving a two-game suspension for his gesture, Clifton feels terrible about what happened.
Clifton just spoke with us and said he agrees with the NHL’s punishment. Said he hopes Hischier is OK. He explained that he mis-timed his hit and caught him in the head. Says those are the kinds of hits they want out of the league and he wishes he’d handled the play better.
– Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdon) October 28, 2023
– The Alouettes’ last regular-season meeting. Don’t miss it at 2pm.
The Alouettes conclude their regular season by hosting the Tiger-Catshttps://t.co/FKEyQiw8tS
– RDS (@RDSca) October 28, 2023
– Congratulations to FAA.
Basel Tournament | Auger-Aliassime back in final https://t.co/xZoLtcqpxz
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) October 28, 2023