The Flames are not necessarily sellers, but apparently no one is in the Metropolitan Division either. Trying to find a trade with the Devils was easy because they are terrible and they have a pending UFA who fits a very specific role for the Flames.
Every other team? Looking to improve now (just like the Flames) and also have too many left D ( just like the Flames) and not even right D (like the Flames).
The Capitals pretty much fit that criteria as well. However, with Alex Ovechkin entering the final year of his contract, they might be more desperate than anyone else to try and win another Stanley Cup.
They look like they are going to lose Brendan Dillon and Radko Gudas to free agency. So, they could use a defenceman on either the left or right side to fill that gap. They don’t have a lot of cap space though, so it will be difficult to make the money work in any deal with the Capitals.
The Capitals would definitely be interested in Noah Hanifin and since they want to win before Ovechkin retires, they could be enticed to overpay with a really good prospect. Alexander Alexeyev is a really good prospect. The Caps would have to move some money as well, and so they add Richard Panik who can take on a third line role with, Sam Bennett and Dillon Dube perhaps, and bring sound defensive play and some depth scoring to the lineup.