Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs could look to move some depth pieces like Alex Kerfoot, Andreas Johnsson or Ilya Mikheyev. If they target a player like Alex Pietrangelo in free agency, maybe they are enticed into moving William Nylander.
If they want to go off the board a little bit, maybe they trade Frederik Andersen.
Andersen has been great for the Maple Leafs since he arrived in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks and has been remarkably consistent his entire career. He has been one of the league’s busiest goaltenders the past few seasons, but wouldn’t need to be in Calgary.
He would need to be re-signed in a year’s time. The Flames could look to extend him immediately, as the 30 year old has just one year left on his contract with a $5 million cap hit. He would give the Flames a more reliable number one option than they have had in the past few years.
Also, he would be playing behind a team that actually plays some defence and on a team with a solid backup. This would be completely foreign to him, coming from Toronto, but it would be great for him in the long run.
It would cost a lot, but it has been a long time since the Flames had a goaltender you can count on for 55-60 starts. Of course, with a solid backup in David Rittich, Andersen could start 45-50 games and be more fresh and ready for the postseason than he ever was in a Maple Leafs jersey.