Buckle up, Flames fans. We know trades are coming this season. While it’s unclear whether every Calgary Flames UFA will be dealt before the March 8 trade deadline, there are very slim odds that none occur by then. Based on a few recent pieces of NHL news, though, it looks like one involving a Flames D-man could happen sooner than later.
Whether it’s a Nikita Zadorov, Noah Hanifin, or Chris Tanev deal is up in the air, but I’d bet on the former or the latter happening prior to a Noah Hanifin trade. Here’s why I think a trade might be brewing:
1. The Vancouver Canucks traded Anthony Beauvillier to the Chicago Blackhawks, eliminating his $4.15 million cap hit
The Canucks have been rumoured to be hungry for a blueline upgrade. Opening up cap space would provide much more flexibility to facilitate a trade with the Calgary Flames for Nikita Zadorov or Chris Tanev.
2. Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mark Giordano has suffered a hand injury
With Giordano out of the lineup for the Leafs (alongside John Klingberg who’s on LTIR), could Brad Treliving have interest in one of his former D acquisitions to bolster Toronto’s blueline? Matt Larkin at Daily Faceoff lists Chris Tanev in the number one spot and Nikita Zadorov at fourth on his list of seven D the Leafs could trade for.
3. The Flames have recalled Jordan Oesterle from the Wranglers
Jordan Oesterle was with the Flames this morning at practice. While he could simply be a seventh defenceman to join the group, he could also be the Flames’ replacement for a D-man about to be traded.
Keep your eyes peeled, folks.