Johnny Gaudreau

Forget Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan, Johnny Gaudreau wants to play for Flyers someday

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Forget Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan, Johnny Gaudreau wants to play for Flyers someday

Forget about Cherry Hill's Bobby Ryan. (Forget about Millville too — sorry, Mike Trout.)

Another South Jersey star athlete has his eyes on playing for a Philadelphia franchise someday.

Yes, we're talking about Carneys Point, New Jersey's very own, Johnny Gaudreau of the Calgary Flames.

On a radio hit Friday with 94WIP's "Morning Show," Gaudreau expressed his interest in one day putting on the orange and black.

“It would be sweet to play [in Philadelphia] someday,” Gaudreau said. “You never know in sports, but it’s a lot of support back here in South Jersey and the Philly area.

“I’ve got a ton of family here, all my friends. All my friends come back here, all my good friends and kids that I’ve played with my whole life are from South Jersey.”

The problem is, "Johnny Hockey" has five years left on his six-year, $40.5 million contract extension he signed with Calgary signed before last season. 

In the final year of his contract, 2021-22, Gaudreau has a modified no-trade clause … and yep, the Flyers are reportedly on that list too.

Gaudreau, who turns 24 on Aug. 13, scored 18 goals and 61 points in 72 games last season with the Flames. The 5-foot-9, 157-pound Gaudreau has 73 goals and 204 points in 232 career games in Calgary.

The former Hobey Baker Award winner will be turning 29 when he's able to reach unrestricted free agency.

Could he be what Jeff Carter was to the Kings in 2012 to the Flyers in 2022?

Only time will tell.

H/t to Sportsnet.

Best of NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky ties career high with 32nd win as Blue Jackets top Rangers

Best of NHL: Sergei Bobrovsky ties career high with 32nd win as Blue Jackets top Rangers

NEW YORK -- Cam Atkinson and Alexander Wennberg each scored twice to lead the Columbus Blue Jackets to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 28 shots to tie his career high with his 32nd win. Josh Anderson also scored and Oliver Bjorkstrand had two assists to help the Blue Jackets win for the fourth time in five games.

Columbus won for the second time in two days after its bye week and moved past the Rangers into third place in the Metropolitan Division.

The Blue Jackets won three of five in the season series -- including both games at Madison Square Garden -- after losing seven straight meetings coming in.

Rick Nash scored a tying goal for the Rangers early in the first period. Jesper Fast scored in the final second, and Henrik Lundqvist finished with 26 saves (see full recap).

Surging Blackhawks beat Blues on late Anisimov goal
CHICAGO -- Artem Anisimov scored with 5:20 left in the third period to lift the Chicago Blackhawks over the St. Louis Blues 4-2 on Sunday night for their fourth straight win and ninth in their last 10.

Anisimov beat Jake Allen on the glove side from the right edge of the crease for his 22nd goal after taking a pinpoint cross-ice pass from linemate Artemi Panarin. Tanner Kero added an empty-netter with 2.6 seconds left.

Patrick Kane assisted on Anisimov's winner and scored a power-play goal. Jonathan Toews also had a goal and an assist for surging Chicago, which pulled one point behind first-place Minnesota in the Central Division and Western Conference.

Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith had an assist for his 500th NHL point.

Magnus Paajarvi and Alex Pietrangelo scored for the Blues, who played their first game following their bye week and lost their third straight (see full recap).

Gaudreau's 2 goals helps Flames down Hurricanes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Johnny Gaudreau had two goals and an assist to help the Calgary Flames beat the Carolina Hurricanes 3-1 on Sunday.

Micheal Ferland also scored for the Flames. They have earned at least one point in six straight games, going 5-0-1 in that stretch to move into playoff position in the Western Conference.

Victor Rask scored on the power play for Carolina. The Hurricanes have lost six of seven to fall into last place in the Metropolitan Division.

Brian Elliott made 34 saves for the Flames, with his best coming with roughly 15 minutes to play when he stopped Jeff Skinner from point-blank range.

Eddie Lack finished with 21 saves. He made his second straight start for Carolina (see full recap).

Turris, Anderson lead Senators past Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kyle Turris scored the tiebreaking goal in the second period and Craig Anderson stopped 37 shots to lift the Ottawa Senators over the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Sunday night.

Zack Smith had an early short-handed goal for the Senators, who have won four of six.

Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida, and James Reimer made 31 saves. The Panthers have lost three straight after sweeping a five-game road trip, and dropped their last four home games overall.

Turris put Ottawa ahead when his wrist shot went over Reimer's glove at 9:58 of the second for his 21st goal of the season.

The Senators took a 1-0 lead on a short-handed goal by Smith. Reimer blocked a shot from Erik Karlsson, but Smith grabbed the rebound and poked in the puck at 6:28 of the first. Smith has 12 career short-handed goals (see full recap).

Johnny Gaudreau and Shayne Gostisbehere have had similar struggles this season

Johnny Gaudreau and Shayne Gostisbehere have had similar struggles this season

CALGARY, Alberta — The similarities between three-time NHL All-Star left wing Johnny Gaudreau and sophomore Flyers defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere this season are striking.

Both have had very up and down seasons. Both are minus players. Ghost has been benched several games. Gaudreau was demoted to the fourth line this week, but is expected to move back up to the Flames’ top line tonight against the Flyers.

And both were victims of bad turnovers that led directly to goals, then to their own individual punishments.

“There’s been ups and downs and injury too,” Gaudreau said this morning. “It’s difficult to go through that and a lot to learn from.”

Gaudreau, the South Jersey native who played with Gostisbehere for Team North America at the World Cup of Hockey, said he has followed what’s been happening to his buddy back in Philly.

“It’s part of hockey,” he said. “If it were easy, everyone would do it. It’s difficult at times, but you learn. We’re both young guys in this league.

“I got to play with him at the World Cup and he’s a fantastic young player. A fun player to play with and a great teammate. I’m sure he’ll be just fine.

“He’s smart with the puck. He’s a skilled player. So skilled. ... What I like about him is how he uses that skill to break out in the defensive zone. He was great for us in the World Cup.”

Gaudreau had a costly giveaway this week against Arizona that helped turn a 1-0 affair into a 5-0 rout.

After the mistake, and during the game, Gaudreau moved to the fourth line.

Flames coach Glen Gulutzan sat Gaudreau down and talked to him on Tuesday.

“For me, Johnny is just a little snakebit right now,” Gulutzan said. “He’s getting some real good looks. We went through all of his numbers over the last three weeks.

“We looked at his goals and his goals from last year and he’s getting into the same areas, good shooting positions and lots of chances. Creating lots of chances. It’s just not going in at the rate. We think it will change.”

Gaudreau and Gostisbehere didn't speak to each other Wednesday. Ghost did say he is aware of what his friend is going through, as well.

“We know we’re really good players,” Gostisbehere said. “He’s an unbelievable player. It’s just something you go through at times. It’s something you figure out. A little adversity but you don’t jump ship.

“Especially him, he’ll be fine and I think I will, too. You just have to get through the tough times. ... He was part of that team [with me] and it was fun. We came together real quick as a team.

“When you see guys who have great years, the expectations are so high for young guys. People sometimes forget how young we are. Just barely played 100 games in the league. I definitely don’t have everything figured out. It’s just adjusting to things.”

Both the Flames and Flyers are scrambling to make the playoffs. Calgary is a point out of the wild card in the West. The Flyers remain two points out in the East.

This game is critical because it’s part of a three-game road trip for the Flyers and they have just five games over the next two weeks.

The Flames are 4-6 in their last 10 and trying to get their overall game back where it was earlier this season.

“We need to bounce back here,” Gaudreau said. “That first game back from the break wasn’t very good and the guys realize we have to put it behind us.

“One thing we’ve been trying to get better at all year is when we are down a goal or two, we’re not out of it. If you look two seasons ago, we'd be down two or three and came back. You can never play like you're down.”

No reminders
While both these teams talked about the importance of getting points to help their playoff aspirations, Hakstol said he didn’t feel required to remind the Flyers that this begins a stretch where other clubs are playing with games in hand while they have fewer games and far between to earn points.

“I don’t think there’s any need for reminders there,” Hakstol said. “We all know where we’re at and very clear on the importance of every point. So no reminders are necessary. Just make sure we’re doing the things we need to do on our game.”

Lineup changes
Just one lineup change for the Flyers tonight against the Flames.

Roman Lyubimov will move back onto Pierre-Edouard Bellemare’s line with Chris VandeVelde, replacing Dale Weise, who is scratched again.

Weise has no points in his last five games.

“Luby has been a good fit with that line and it’s done a good job,” Flyers coach Dave Hakstol said. “No negatives toward Dale. It’s Luby’s opportunity to go in there.”

Lineup 

F: Schenn-Giroux-Simmonds
Weal-Couturier-Voracek
Raffl-Cousins-Read
VandeVelde-Bellemare-Lyubimov

D: Provorov-MacDonald
Gostisbehere-Streit
Manning-Gudas

G: Neuvirth