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Blake Coleman answers the bell after dropping Connor McDavid
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Blake Coleman drops McDavid and then drops the gloves with Janmark

Published February 25, 2024 at 10:30
BY MIKE ARMENTI

Stemming back to before he was ever a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning's back-to-back Stanley Cup champion teams, while still a member of the New Jersey Devils, nobody ever questioned the heart, determination and passion of now Flames winger Blake Coleman.

The Plano, TX native is not the biggest dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in that dog is a big reason why he has two Cup rings. That same fight was on full display again last night in the Battle of Alberta, as his Calgary Flames were in Edmonton to take on the Oilers.

Coleman's physicality was on full display in this one, racking up 17 minutes in penalties on the night to go with a goal and 3 hits in just over 14 minutes of ice time. One of those 3 hits in specific, though, was a nasty collision with Connor McDavid, which resulted in Coleman, 5-foot-11, having to drop the gloves with 6-foot-2 Mattias Janmark.




Coleman more than held his own in the fight, despite giving up some height and weight in the tilt. Were he to be made available, and if the Flames were willing to retain on him, Coleman would be a pretty nice piece for the Leafs at the deadline to help augment their middle six. Imagine being an opposing team having to compete with Coleman, Bertuzzi, Domi, Knies, Reaves, McCabe and Benoit in a 7-game series. There would be no easy outs and every line would have someone on it who could absolutely make your night a miserable one.

Hey, a guy can hope, right?
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Blake Coleman drops McDavid and then drops the gloves with Janmark

If the Leafs could get the Calgary Flames to retain salary on Blake Coleman, would you like to see him in a Leafs sweater?

Definitely22033.8 %
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Depends on the trade cost22835.1 %
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