Calgary Flames: Three Off-Season Rumours That Are Unrealistic

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 16: Tyler Toffoli #73, Nazem Kadri #91, Mikael Backlund #11 Rasmus Andersson #4 of the Calgary Flames react after Backlund scored a third-period power-play goal against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 16, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Flames defeated the Golden Knights 7-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 16: Tyler Toffoli #73, Nazem Kadri #91, Mikael Backlund #11 Rasmus Andersson #4 of the Calgary Flames react after Backlund scored a third-period power-play goal against Jonathan Quick #32 of the Vegas Golden Knights during their game at T-Mobile Arena on March 16, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Flames defeated the Golden Knights 7-2. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /
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2. The Flames won’t land one of the league’s top wingers

While the Flames need to get younger and more talented on the wing, their focus will no doubt be on someone like William Nylander, and after Alex DeBrincat has reportedly said he doesn’t want to spend his future in Canada, that’s another name the Flames need to cross off their list. That’s unfortunate, because he’s coming off a down year and could be had for a relatively cheap price, but after passing 75 points twice in his career at just 25-years of age, he would have been the perfect target for the Flames.

With other targets out there and a need for the Flames to get back some assets, they will still be in the market for a winger, but unless DeBrincat changes his mind on staying in Canada, this is one name the Flames won’t be targeting.