The Calgary Flames will be looking to upgrade their roster this offseason. We found a trade with every Atlantic Division team.
The Calgary Flames have put together some solid regular seasons lately but they haven’t been able to find much postseason success. In order to change that up, they are going to need to add some reinforcements to their lineup.
The team has brought in some young talent that is playing big roles. Matthew Tkachuk, Elias Lindholm, Noah Hanifin, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane are all 24 years old or younger and are carving out important roles for themselves.
However, they also have some really important veterans that are starting to run out of time in Calgary.
Mark Giordano has been the team’s best defenceman for years but he is 36 years old and has just two years left on his contract. Johnny Gaudreau has been the team’s offensive catalyst for many years but he has just two years left on his deal as well. Will he re-sign in 2022 or will he be traded before he even hits the open market? Mikael Backlund has played an important two-way role for a long time but he is 31 years old, making you wonder how many effective years he has left.
So, this team could look a lot different in a few years. If they are going to try to win with this core, they are going to have to pull it off in the next two years. Otherwise, Giordano and possibly Gaudreau could be gone and they will be hard to replace.
The only problem is, this team has proved over the past several years to be not good enough to go on a deep run. If they want to advance deep into the 2021 postseason, they are going to have to add some key pieces.
First of all, they need a goaltender. Cam Talbot is a free agent, so a new number one or at least 1A with David Rittich is imperative. They are losing Travis Hamonic and T.J. Brodie to free agency as well so a defenceman to play top four minutes on the right side is needed. Also, a right shot right winger with size that can play in the top six and put the puck in the net would be fantastic.
It’s a tall order to check all of those boxes, so we decided to help general manager Brad Treliving out. Over the next few days, we are going to come up with a trade the Flames could consider with every other team in the league.
Let’s start with the Atlantic Division.