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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1. The Flames are unlikely to move a top star for a top pick in the draft

The Calgary Flames 2023 off-season is reportedly all about getting younger while maintaining their level of talent, and while trading Elias Lindholm for the No. 3 overall pick from Columbus to reunite him with Johnny Gaudreau, it’s not going to happen for several reasons.

Firstly, it may cost too much for Calgary to land a player the level of Leo Carlsson or Will Smith, who are both projected to be top line center’s for years to come, and unfortunately, the cost it would take just wouldn’t make sense for Calgary’s overall plan going forward.

Secondly, Lindholm is incredibly unlikely to sign a long-term extension in Columbus, and while there’s no certainty he would do that in Calgary, this would be the crux of a deal with the Blue Jackets, making it even more unrealistic. Ultimately, this is a deal that would benefit both sides if a price could be negotiated, but for Calgary, it appears just too expensive, meaning that they should walk away, and look at other options.